Night Train kicks off the week with more Latin Jazz for the October feature, including music from Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez (featured earlier tonight on Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival), a new release from the Michigan-based band Aguanko, and an album from the Cuban duo of Elio Villafranca and Arturo Stable. Plus music from birthday artists Omara Portuondo (of the Buena Vista Social Club), vibes player (and former Manhattan KS resident) Matthias Lupri, and saxophonist Zoot Sims. Sims was part of the famous ‘Four Brothers’ lineup in the Woody Herman band, and in hour two we’ll hear a special following the Brothers after they left that lineup.
Night Train wraps up the October Latin Jazz feature with birthday salutes to percussionist Poncho Sanchez and Mexican composer Agustin Lara, along with birthdays of trumpet great Clifford Brown, and percussionist Trilok Gurtu (featured with Joe Zawinul and Oregon in hour one and in a special in hour two of the show). Plus new music from Jowee Omicil, Mike Freeman ZonaVibe, and Charlie Sepulveda & the Turnaround.
Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency for a full evening of music tricks and treats. Some scary sounds in store tonight from Cassandra Wilson, Philly Joe Jones, Bill Frisell, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong and many more.
Night Train marks a number of jazz birthdays tonight, including trombonist Conrad Herwig, Latin soul jazz artist Henry ‘Pucho’ Brown, pianist Roger Kellaway. Drummer Antonio Sanchez, singer Carmen Lundy, and soul jazz saxophonist Lou Donaldson. Donaldson also helps kick off the November jazz organ feature with a piece he recorded that was written by and features organ great Dr. Lonnie Smith. We’ll also hear from Donaldson and hear more of his music in a special in hour two of the show.