Night Train marks two birthdays tonight: veteran drummer Steve Gadd (with music with his own band, including a new self-titled set just out from the group, and with Chick Corea on a new release and from the classic My Spanish Heart album) and soul jazz organist Reuben Wilson (from his own albums and with the Masters and Godfathers of Groove). Also more great guitars for the April feature, including Kenny Burrell, Pat Martino, Steve Khan, and Ed Cherry – and new music from B3B4, Edward Simon, Alfredo Rodriguez, and the Unhinged Sextet.
Night Train marks a number of birthdays tonight, including guitarist George Freeman, pianists Denny Zeitlin and Omar Sosa, third stream pianist and composer Claude Bolling, and organist Joey DeFrancesco (including a preview of his new album with Van Morrison out later this month and a special concert performance from the Newport Jazz Festival in hour two of the show.) Plus music from the Reunion Project with guitarist Chico Pinheiro, the next artist featured on the special series Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival on April 30th.
Throughout April, Night Train celebrates International Guitar Month with music from jazz giants and rising stars. Featured tonight are contemporary players Pat Metheny, Larry Coryell, and Hristo Vitchev, classic tracks from guitar legends Jim Hall and Herb Ellis (from an album he did in tribute to jazz guitar pioneer Charlie Christian), Project G-7 celebrating the legacy of Wes Montgomery, and the group Trio da Paz with Brazilian guitar master Romero Lubambo.
Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Day of Human Space Flight, marking the first human flight in outer space by Yuri Gagarin in 1961. We’ll hear space inspired music from Joshua Breakstone, Diana Krall, Tito Puente and, of course, Sun Ra. It’s also Herbie Hancock’s birthday and we’ll hear some space-related music from him in hour one and feature a special focused on his breakthrough work in the 1960s in hour two of the show.