Special:Night Train marks the birthday of keyboardist, band leader and producer George Duke. Tonight's program focuses on the many jazz-oriented projects under Duke's own name and with such esteemed artists as Miles Davis, John Scofield, cousin Dianne Reeves, Stanley Clarke, the Brecker Brothers, Sonny Rollins and more.
Global Village marks the birthdays of cornetist and guitarist Olu Dara and Roland Alphonso, tenor saxophonist and founding member of the legendary Skatalites. Plus more of the best of 2014 – including the debut release from Afro funk and highlife band Ibibio Sound Machine, the reunited UK reggae group Black Slate and a tribute to Joe Cocker.
Listen for a recording of R&B favorite Kelley Hunt and her band from their performance at the Old Settlers Inn. Kelley was born and raised in Kansas and continues to live in Lawrence, though she spends a lot of her time touring the U.S. and the world. Kelley's distinctive "boogie woogie" piano style can be traced to her beloved early piano teacher (the subject of "Queen of the 88s").
Friday, January 9: We remember beloved country music legend Little Jimmy Dickens, who died on January 2 at the age of 94. Dickens is best known for songs such as “Country Boy” and “I’m Little But I’m Loud.” We also remember guitarist Jeff Golub, who died on January 1 at age 59. Golub recorded a number of records in the blues and jazz genres but also collaborated with rock artists such as Rod Stewart, Peter Wolf and Billy Squier.
Night Train celebrates the birthdays of pianist and composer Lisa Hilton, and drummer Paul Wertico – best known for his work with Pat Metheny. Plus more of the best of 2014 – including the Helge Lien Trio, Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio, Kenny Barron & Dave Holland, Steve Khan, Latin Grammy winner Paquito D’Rivera, and the start of a week-long salute to bop clarinetist Buddy DeFranco, who passed away at the end of last year.
Global Village highlights some impressive European neo-folk groups who were among the show favorites for 2014 – the critically acclaimed Hungarian band Sondorgo, Italy’s Unavantaluna, and from Spain the Basque group Korrontzi and Basque accordionist Keja Junkera with over 200 Galician musicians on the massive Galiza project.
Crossroads continues the January feature highlighting the Best of 2014 – including show favorites this time from Billy Branch, the Holmes Brothers and Bob Corritore.
Also this time, Crossroads pays tribute to the many blues and soul artists who passed away in 2014 – including Johnny Winter, Bobby Womack, Teenie Hodges, Lee McBee James Wheeler, Finis Tasby, and Nick Charles - and in hour two a Paul Ingles special celebrating Joe Cocker.