Night Train

Monday - Thursday at 10pm

Monday through Thursday nights, it’s the best in jazz on Night Train, hosted by KMUW’s Chris Heim. From classic artists and recordings to today’s emerging artists and most intriguing new releases - along with specials, in-depth features, jazz concert highlights and more - Night Train will take you to the best of “America’s classical music.”

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This week on Night Train, we'll look at jazz records in the 2016 Grammy Hall of Fame, we'll have birthday salutes to Paul Desmond, Teddy Wilson and more, and we'll continue our celebration of the November featured artist Billy Strayhorn. And here's a bonus--read Chris Heim's book review of Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life edited by A. Alyce Claerbaut and David Schlesinger. Here are the daily details for the week:

As famous as Duke Ellington is (and apparently he isn't to all. In front of the Ellington exhibit at the Smithsonian some years ago, a small child asked who he was. Her mother muttered, "I don't know, some kind of royalty," and hustled her off to a toy exhibit down the hall.), so largely unknown is Billy Strayhorn.

Monday, November 16

More for this month's feature celebrating the music of Billy Strayhorn and newly announced NEA Jazz Masters Pharoah Sanders and Archie Shepp, plus a few tunes from vocalist and pianist Diana Krall for her birthday.

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Monday 11.9.15

Night Train highlights some jazz trombones – including trombone great J.J. Johnson, and new releases from trombonists Michael Dease, Wayne Wallace, and the Band of Bones.

NEW RELEASES FEATURED THIS WEEK:  Flutist Andrea Brachfeld, songwriter and singer Lorraine Feather, bassist Ron Carter w/the WDR Big Band, pianist Lafayette Harris, Jr. and the Jeff Benedict Big Big Band

Monday 11.2.15

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1.      Mike LeDonne - Awwl-RIGHT! (Savant)

2.      John Scofield – Past Present (Impulse)

3.      OJT – New Standards for the Green Lady (Jazz Daddy)

4.      Juli Wood Quartet - Synkka Metsa (OA2)

5.      Maria Schneider Orchestra - The Thompson Fields (Artist Share)

6.      George & Chico Freeman - All in the Family (Southport)

7.      Jeff Benedict Big Big Band – Holmes (Tapestry)

8.      Dee Dee Bridgewater - Dee Dee's Feather (OKeh)

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NEW RELEASES FEATURED THIS WEEK:  Kansas City’s OJT, Mike LeDonne & his Groover Quartet, Terell Stafford’s tribute to Lee Morgan, and the Complete Concert by the Sea from Erroll Garner.

Monday 10.26.15

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NEW RELEASES FEATURED THIS WEEK:  Guitarist John Scofield with his reunited ‘90s quartet, the gypsy jazz sounds of the Hot Club of Philadelphia, Dee Dee Bridgewater’s salute to the Crescent City, and a live set from the Christian McBride Trio.

Monday 10.19.15

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NEW RELEASES FEATURED THIS WEEK:  Ron Carter with the WDR Big Band, jazz uke player Paul Hemmings, Tony Bennett with Bill Charlap, and a bevy of new B3 releases – including Mike LeDonne , Pat Bianchi, Ben Paterson, Kansas City’s OJT and more.

Monday 10.12.15

Monday 10.5.15

Night Train pays tribute to Phil Woods, one of the great alto saxophonists in jazz, who passed away on September 29. This special edition of the show features music he did with Quincy Jones, Clark Terry, Thelonious Monk, and Oscar Peterson, as well as with his long-standing Quintet. Then in hour two of the show, it’s a special performance from the Newport Jazz Festival when Woods was a special guest with a young saxophonist he mentored, Grace Kelly.

Tuesday 10.6.15