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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Monday 11.3.14

Some tough tenors on tap tonight on the Night Train, including tenor saxophonists Sonny Rollins, Ernie Watts, Anton Schwartz, Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins with Ben Webster, and John Coltrane with Duke Ellington – as Night Train joins in with all the music shows on KMUW this month to feature the saxophone for the bicentennial birthday of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the instrument.  Also new music from Medeski  Scofield Martin & Wood, Tierney Sutton, Elio Villafranca and the Ezra Weiss Sextet.

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1. Charlie Haden/Jim Hall - Charlie Haden/Jim Hall (Impulse)

2. Bobby Broom - My Shining Hour (Origin)

3. John Webber Quartet - Down for the Count (Cellar Live)

4. Theo Croker - Afro Physicist (DDB/OKeh)

5. Cyrus Chestnut - Midnight Melodies (Smoke Sessions)

6. Charlie Apicella & Iron City - Big Boss (Zoho)

7. Oliver Gannon Quartet - Easy Sailing (Cellar Live)

8. Bob Mamet - London House Blues (BluJazz)

Monday 10.27.14

Night Train marks birthdays of Belgian guitarist Philip Catherine and Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen. Plus more jazz noir for the October feature – including music from Duke Ellington’s score for Anatomy of a Murder, and the theme from the film noir classic, Double Indemnity, from the Jazz at the Movies Band – also two impressive new duet albums from Charlie Haden with Jim Hall, and Kenny Barron with Dave Holland.

Tuesday 10.28.14

Monday 10.20.14

Night Train celebrates the birthdays of saxophonist Eddie Harris, guitarist Martin Taylor, trumpeter Russell Gunn, and oud player Anouar Brahem. Plus more for the October Jazz Noir feature – this time with music from Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil, which is often regarded as the last great movie of the classic film noir era – and in hour two a special delving into another classic film noir notable for its use of jazz, Sweet Smell of Success.

Tuesday 10.21.14

Monday 10.13.14

Night Train marks birthdays of saxophone great Pharaoh Sanders, vibes man Johnny Lytle, legendary pianist Art Tatum and bass great Ray Brown. Plus a classic track from trumpeter Clark Terry and more music for the October ‘Jazz Noir’ feature including another Monday Night at the Movies special, this time exploring the connections between jazz and film.

Tuesday 10.14.14

Monday 10.6.14

Night Train celebrates Mad Hatter Day (!) and the birthdays of pianist Norman Simmons and guitarist Mark Whitfield. Plus more for the October Jazz Noir feature – this time with music Herbie Hancock wrote for the neo-noir film, "Blow-Up", and Norman Simmons’ version of “Harlem Nocturne,” which was used as the theme song for the Mike Hammer TV show. Then, in hour two, it’s the start of Monday Night at the Movies specials in conjunction with the October feature – tonight a look at the scores of the early classic films noir.

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Night Train - Top 40 September 2014

1. Jane Bunnett - Jane Bunnett & Maqueque (Justin Time)

2. Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, Bill Stewart - Ramshackle Serenade (Pirouet)

3. Everette DeVan - For the Love of You (Henry)

4. Mike LeDonne - I Love Music (Savant)

5. Jimmy Cobb - The Original Mob (Smoke Sessions)

6. Miami Jazz Project - Miami Jazz Project (Zoho)

7. Cyrille Aimee - It's A Good Day (Mack Avenue)

Monday 9.29.14

Night Train marks birthdays of violinist Jean-Luc Ponty (with music he did with Frank Zappa and as a leader) and pianist David Kikoski (as part of the BeatleJazz lineup, and with Pat Martino). Plus more from September featured artist Jane Bunnett - and we team up with Global Village and Strange Currency to serve up some java jive for International Coffee Day.

Tuesday 9.30.14

Monday 9.22.14

Tonight on the Night Train, it’s ‘new standards’ – contemporary songs in a jazz setting – from Dr. Lonnie Smith, Charles Lloyd, the World Saxophone Quartet, Brian Ho, and the Jazz Soul Seven with jazz versions of music from Jimi Hendrix, Nick Drake, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Amy Winehouse, Curtis Mayfield, Johnny Cash and more.

Tuesday 9.23.14

Monday 9.1.14

Night Train marks Labor Day with some jazz songs about work; celebrates birthdays of pianist Gene Harris, keyboardist Wayne Horvitz, singer Terri Thornton, and saxophonist Art Pepper; and kicks off a new month’s feature of music from soprano sax and flute player and explorer of a wide range of Cuban jazz, Jane Bunnett. Plus, a Labor Day special in hour two of the show highlighting Popular Songs on the Picket Line.

Global Village and Strange Currency also feature music for Labor Day tonight.