On tonight's Straight No Chaser, we hear from jazz alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley and pianist Horace Silver, two hard bop pioneers. Plus Grammy Award Winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, vocalist Dena DeRose, and the incomparable Gerry Mulligan.
Night Train (along with Global Village and Crossroads) features music from Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipients throughout February. This week Night Train focuses in on jazz honoree Miles Davis - with music from the legendary artist, covers & tributes, recordings by members of his various bands, and specials that highlight his many styles and two of his classic recordings.
Global Village highlights more world and world-inspired music from Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners for the February feature –including Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Ravi Shankar, George Harrison, Bob Marley and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Plus music from the Juno-nominated release from Ayrad, and the latest Grammy and Latin Grammy winning album from Carlos Vives.
Jessica Lea Mayfield has released three albums to date and although each has earned her critical acclaim it’s her live shows that arguably remain most impressive. She began performing and touring with her parents in their new grass band before she was 10. She says that even after roughly 20 years in the spotlight sometimes being on stage can still be a strange experience.
It might be hard to imagine that one of the greatest living pianists began his life without much music in his home. But Stephen Hough began exactly that way—he became enamored of the piano when he saw one at an aunt’s house and realized it would allow him to add music to the nursery rhymes he loved singing. Before long, he begged his parents to buy him one and pay for lessons. As it turned out, piano transformed not only his life but his family’s as well.
We begin tonight with new recordings from the great jazz musician Charles McPherson and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt. We follow the new music with equally great but older selections from Zoot Sims, Jimmy Smith and Horace Silver.
Throughout February, Crossroads highlights music from the blues and R&B winners of Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards –this time including B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Etta James and a special salute to Bo Diddley. Listen for some of his classic recordings, a fascinating new Bo Diddley beat inspired song from Malian artist Samba Toure, and a special in hour two exploring how that beat inspired a wide array of songs and artists.
Night Train kicks off a week of music and features for Nat Cole, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, with music from his brother Freddy Cole. Plus birthday salutes to songwriter Alec Wilder and Sonny Bono (!), some “Pres” (Lester Young) for Presidents’ Day, and new music from organist Brian Charette and trombonist Conrad Herwig.