Night Train marks birthdays of guitarist Ulf Wakenius, flutist Herbie Mann and composer Henry Mancini, and features new music from the Brubeck Brothers Quartet (celebrating the 60th anniversary of Dave Brubeck’s groundbreaking State Department Tour), guitarist Jacques Lesure, and soul jazz duo Mike Clark and Delbert Bump. Then in hour two, for the April Guitar Month feature, a special performance from guitarist Larry Coryell with Mark Egan and Paul Wertico.
Great guitars (for the April International Guitar Month feature) and tribute albums are the focus tonight on the Night Train, with music from guitarists Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Wes Montgomery, Eric Clapton (with Wynton Marsalis), Russell Malone, Pat Martino, and the Deep Blue Organ Trio featuring guitarist Bobby Broom. Tribute albums on tap include Swingadelic’s salute to Duke Pearson, Dee Dee Bridgewater’s tribute to Billie Holiday, Bill Frisell’s collection of songs from John Lennon, Alan Pasqua doing music of Bill Evans, and Conrad Herwig showcasing the “Latin Side of Herbie Hancock.”
While KMUW’s music shows have been celebrating Guitar Month, April is also Poetry Month and tonight Night Train marks the occasion with music from jazz artists inspired by such great poets as T.S. Eliott, Emily Dickenson, Elizabeth Bishop, Carl Sandburg, ee cummings, and more. We’ll hear performances from Matt Wilson, Patricia Barber, June Christy, Kurt Elling, Langston Hughes, Gil Scott-Heron and Tin Hat, among others. It’s also the birthday of singer and songwriter Madeleine Peyroux and in the first hour we’ll hear her do a piece inspired by a W.H. Auden poem and then in hour two, she’s the special guest in a Song Travels special.
In conjunction with the April Guitar Month feature, Night Train features some great guitarists, classic and contemporary, tonight. Among the artists featured are Pat Metheny, Pat Martino, Kenny Burrell, John Abercrombie, Al DiMeola, Steve Khan, and Larry Coryell with John Scofield and Joe Beck. Plus the latest from bassist Kyle Eastwood, saxophonist Steve Slagle, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, and singer Kate McGarry.