Night Train marks birthdays of vibes player Bill Ware, drummer Bob Moses (with Pat Metheny and on the new career retrospective from Gary Burton), and guitarist Henry Johnson (including music he did with Nancy Wilson, who passed away in December). Plus more for the January Best of 2018 feature (including Allan Harris’s tribute to Eddie Jefferson, the ‘Standards Trio’ with Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnetter, organist Ben Paterson, and the Grammy nominated album from Jim McNeely & the Frankfurt Radio Big Band).
Tonight on the Night Train it’s music from the CTI label. Known for its lush sound, massive lineups, and commercial sensibilities, CTI was one of the most successful jazz labels of the era. It was started by Creed Taylor who began his career at Bethelem Records, headed up the famous Impulse imprint, championed the then-new sound of bossa nova at Verve, and then started CTI. We’ll hear label releases from such legends as Ron, Stanley Turrentine, George Benson, Hubert Laws, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jim Hall, and Milt Jackson.
Night Train continues a look back at the best of 2019 with music from Grammy nominee and recently named Glenn Gould Protégé Prize winner Cecile McLorin Salvant, a Grammy nominated album from the Count Basie Orchestra, and a classic recording from Nina Simone that will be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year. Plus birthday salutes to soul jazz organist Hank Marr, bassist and oud player Ahmed Abdul Malik (also featured tonight in the Global Vilage), pianist (and Wes’s brother) Buddy Montgomery, and trumpet legend Roy Eldridge (who will also be featured in a special in hour two of the show).
Night Train takes a final look back at the Best of 2018 on this last day of the month for the January feature. We’ll hear show favorites (including Ben Allison, Ted Nash, Brad Mehldau, Gregory Lewis, Jambalaya Brass Band, Erroll Garner, Michika Fukumori), Grammy nominees (Jon Batiste, Fred Hersch, Kurt Elling, the Dafnis Prieto Big Band), and remember artists who passed away last year (Randy Weston, Sonny Fortune, Bob Dorough, Henry Butler, Bill Watrous).