Nicole Mago

Banditos released the album Visonland to wide acclaim in 2017 via Chicago's esteemed Bloodshot Records. The band formed in Birmingham, Alabama in 2010, and then relocated to Nashville sometime after. The sextet performs at Barleycorn's Wednesday, May 9.

Monday 5.7.18

Night Train remembers alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe on his birthday. For the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature, there’s music from Indian percussionist Ramesh Shotham for his birthday, and from critically acclaimed pianist, composer, and educator Vijay Iyer, including a special with him in hour two of the show. And Night Train also highlights new music from the Barrett Martin Group, drummer Peter Erskine and his Dr. Um Band, and Latin jazz percussions Steven Kroon.

Tuesday 5.8.18

Night Train marks birthdays of two great jazz pianists tonight – Mary Lou Williams and Keith Jarrett. We’ll hear music from Jarrett’s new album with the Standards Trio in hour one and a special with him in hour two of the show.  There’s also new music from pianist Emmet Cohen with legendary bassist Ron Carter, pianist Chick Corea with drummer Steve Gadd, and the Peter Sommer Septet.

Wednesday 5.9.18

Night Train marks birthdays of Brazilian pianist, singer and composer Tania Maria, and of guitarist Anthony Wilson (featured with Diana Krall and the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, along with his own groups). Plus new swing-inspired releases from Squirrel Nut Zippers, Hot Club Sandwich, Kevin Connor & Swing 3PO, and the Idiomatiques – and Don Braden’s new tribute to Earth Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder.

Thursday 5.10.18

Music of Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn tonight on the Night Train, as performed by guitarist Kenny Burrell, John Coltrane with Johnny Hartman, Red Mitchell with Roger Kellaway, Red Garland, Oscar Peterson, the Jeff Hamilton Trio, Benny Golson, Sarah King & the Smoke Rings, Allen Toussaint, Dan Cray and Lafayette Harris, Jr.

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Monday, May 7

Global Village goes to Togo for music that rarely gets attention in world music releases. But a few compilations, including the Togo Soul 70 and Afro-Beat Airways sets, have offered a glimpse into the lively sounds from there. Also this time, music from the legendary Congolese rumba band L’Orchestra Afrisa International, Spanish Afrobeat group Ogun Afrobeat, and some ska and reggae from the Skatalites and Third World.

Tuesday, May 8

For the past decade the UK world music magazine Songlines has presented awards honoring artists with impressive recordings in the past year. There are a variety of award categories, including for artist and group, and also by geographic region, the last of which will be announced this Friday, May 11th. In this special edition of the show, Global Village highlights nominees in a number of different categories in advance of the announcement of those 2018 winners.

Wednesday, May 9

Global Village heads to France for a wide array of sounds from that country – from traditional to contemporary French music, along with some of the many artists from other parts of the globe who now call France home.  Among the artists featured – musette accordionist Michel Macias, jazz accordionist Richard Galliano, DJ and producer St. Germain, former Zawinul Syndicate member Aziz Sahmaoui, French ‘Mediterranean blues’ artist Titi Robin, Paris-based Vietnamese artists Huong Thanh & Nguyen Le, soukous star Kanda Bongo Man, and contemporary bands Lo’Jo and L’Attirail.

Thursday, May 10

Global Village marks birthdays of drummer Sly Dunbar (half of reggae’s legendary ‘Riddim Twins’ with Robbie Shakespeare) and of Haitian star Coupe Cloue. Plus more music for the Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature – this time from Bombay Dub Orchestra and MC Yogi.

Friday, May 11

It’s the annual Global Village Twilight Zone Day celebration with music inspired by the famed TV sci-fi show or capturing its trademark eerie vibe. Among the highlights, a song from Lorraine Feather inspired by the first episode of the show, re-workings of the show’s theme song by Manhattan Transfer and the B52s, and some general weirdness from Les Baxter, TriBeCaStan, Madness, Raymond Scott and more.

May 11/13

Crossroads kicks off the May Asian-American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature with music from some artists who bring together Indian music and blues – Slide to Freedom and Harry Manx.

We also remember Charles Neville and Deborah Coleman, who passed away in April.

And Sunday (May 13) is Stevie Wonder’s birthday – in hour one of the show a cover of one of his songs from the Deep Blue Organ Trio and a hit song Wonder wrote for Rufus with Chaka Khan. Then in hour two a Stevie Wonder special featuring many of his classic tracks.

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Tuesday, May 8

Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. first came to national attention as part of the band Jellyfish in the early 1990s. Since then, he’s become an integral member of Beck’s band and has recorded and performed with acts such as The Moog Cookbook, Imperial Drag and as a solo artist. Later this month, Manning will reissue his first two solo albums as well as release a new EP. We’ll hear selections from Manning’s 2009 album Catnip Dynamite on this episode as well as selections from his work with Jellyfish.

Wednesday, May 9

Don’t Be Afraid is the new release from singer-songwriter Chris Stills. We’ll hear music from that recording on this episode of Strange Currency as well as music from his father, Stephen Stills, and the 1975 album Stills.

Thursday, May 10

A Man Alive is the 2016 album from Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Inspired by songwriter Thao Nguyen’s estrangement from her father and exploration of family secrets, the album received universal critical acclaim upon its release. We’ll hear selections from this recording as well as music from Nick Drake’s Pink Moon.

Friday, May 11

Listen for selections from Roger Joseph Manning Jr.’s 2006 release Land of Pure Imagination as well as music from Queen’s soundtrack to the 1980 film Flash Gordon.

Saturday, May 12

We’ll celebrate the birthday of Stevie Wonder with selections from throughout his career.

Monday, May 14

Listen for selections from Neil Young’s Roxy: Tonight’s The Night Live which captures Young and his band performing material that would form the nucleus of his classic 1975 release, Tonight’s The Night. We’ll also hear music from Black Music For White People, the 1991 LP from Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.

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Sunday, May 6

Sunday on Soulsations, hear new music from the Funky Divas, En Vogue.  The trio has released their first new album in 14 years.

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  1. Nick Moss Band – The High Cost of Low Living (Alligator)
  1. Danielle Nicole – Cry No More (Concord)
  1. Orphan Jon & the Abandoned – Abandoned No More (Rip Cat)
  1. Mud Morganfield – They Call Me Mud (Severn)
  1. Bettye LaVette – Things Have Changed (Verve)
  1. Sue Foley – The Ice Queen (Stony Plain)
  1. Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – Black Coffee (J&R Adventures)
  1. Rockwell Avenue Blues Band – Back to Chicago (Delmark)
  1. Tinsley Ellis – Winning Hard (Alligator)
  1. Barrence Whitfield & the Savages – Soul Flowers of Titan (Bloodshot)

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  1. Van Morrison/Joey DeFrancesco – You’re Driving Me Crazy (Sony Legacy)
  1. Kurt Elling – The Questions (Okeh)
  1. Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette – After the Fall (ECM)
  1. Pat Martino – Formidable (High Note)
  1. Edward Simon – Sorrows and Triumphs (Sunnyside)
  1. Leslie Pintchik – You Eat My Food…(Pintch Hard)
  1. George Kahn – Straight Ahead (Playing Records)
  1. George Cotsirilos Quartet – Mostly in Blue (OA2)
  1. Alfredo Rodriguez – The Little Dream (Mack Avenue)
  1. Michel Camilo – Live in London (Redondo Music)

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  1. Malagasy Guitar Masters – Volo Hazo (Buda Musique)


  1. Catrin Finch/Seckou Keita – Soar (ARC Music)
  1. Lucibela – Laco Umbilical (LusAfrica)
  1. Stick in the Wheel – Follow Them True (From Here)
  1. Sonido Gallo Negro – Mambo Cosmico (Glitterbeat)
  1. Samurai Accordion – Te (Visage)
  1. Femi Kuti – One People, One World (Knitting Factory)
  1. Djeneba & Fousco – Kayeba Khasso (LusAfrica)
  1. Nancy Vieira -Manha Florida (LusAfrica)
  1. Sly & Robbie Meet Dubmatix – Overdubbed (Echo Beach)

Monday 4.30.18

Night Train marks the birthday of bassist and Modern Jazz Quartet member Percy Heath (including a special featuring music of MJQ in hour two), wraps up Guitar Month with music from Wes Montgomery with Percy Heath as part of the band, and begins a week long remembrance of pianist, vocalist and songwriter Bob Dorough who passed away last week.

Tuesday 5.1.18

Night Train kicks off the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature with a celebration on an annual holiday to honor traditional Hawaiian culture – May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii (also celebrated this evening with a program devoted to Hawaiian music on Global Village). We’ll hear the Honolulu Jazz Quartet, an early pioneer of the Hawaiian steel guitar, and a special in hour two following the history of that instrument as it first entered American popular music. Night Train also continues its week-long tribute to Bob Dorough with music from his major label debut (when he was in his 70s) and as a guest with Joanie Pallatto doing one of his classic songs – and there’s music from Shirley Horn and Big Maybelle for their birthdays.

Wednesday 5.2.18

Night Train continues its week-long salute to pianist, singer and songwriter Bob Dorough with music from his debut album and a cover of one of his songs by pianist Hank Jones. We also mark birthdays of two songwriters, J. Fred Coots, and also Lorenz Hart, including a special in hour two tracing the early career and classic songs of Rodgers & Hart. There’s new music from pianist Renee Rosnes and singer Shirley Crabbe, and for the May Asian American Heritage Month feature, music from pianist and composter Aki Takase.

Thursday 5.3.18

Night Train wraps up a week-long tribute to Bob Dorough with a classic song he wrote with Dave Frishberg, music from his live set at the iridium, and a cover of one of his classics by Irene Kral. We also mark birthdays of flutist Andrea Brachfeld, songwriter Betty Comden, guitarist Hristo Vitchev, and pianist, composer and Modern Jazz Quartet co-founder John Lewis, including an MJQ special in hour two.