Jazz Harps, Birthdays, Singers & Concert Previews

Feb 8, 2019

Pianist Ethan Iverson

Monday, February 11

Night Train marks birthdays of pianist Ethan Iverson (of the Bad Plus) and violinist Didier Lockwood; continues the February Jazz Harp feature with music from Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane; highlights new tribute albums from Richie Cole (Cannonball Adderley), Lyn Stanley (Julie London) and the Lindsey Blair Quartet (Wes Montgomery); and previews music from artists with local and regional concerts in the coming week.

Tuesday, February 12

Night Train highlights some singers, including vocalese greats Lambert, Hendricks & Ross and King Pleasure, rising star Jazzmeia Horn, Virginia Schenck (with a tribute to another legendary vocalist, Abbey Lincoln), popular artist Diana Krall, and 2019 NEA Jazz Master Bob Dorough. Also featured tonight Latin jazz from Ray Mantilla, soul jazz from organist Akiko Tsuruga, and classics from Herbie Mann, Freddie Hubbard and Duke Pearson.

Wednesday, February 13

It’s unusual instruments for jazz this time on the Night Train. We’ll hear jazz harp from Dorothy Ashby and Carol Robbins for the February feature, plus sitar (on a piece from trumpeter Brad Goode), violin (Regina Carter from her debut album), harmonica (from two masters – Toots Thielemans and Howard Levy), oboe (Yusef Lateef), bass trumpet (Al Muirhead from a new album featuring the instrument), alto flute (Herbie Mann), accordion (Richard Galliano), and kora and balafon (from the Kora Jazz Trio). Plus the latest from Eddie Palmieri, Ted Piltzecker, Stefon Harris & Blackout, Christian McBride’s New Jawn, and Aaron Goldberg.

Nina Simone

Thursday, February 14

Night Train joins Global Village and Strange Currency in celebrating Valentine’s Day with a show devoted to songs of the heart. Highlights include selections from Chet Baker, Nina Simone, Shirley Horn, Etta James, John Coltrane with Johnny Hartman, Karrin Allyson (revisiting Coltrane’s Ballads album) and Ella Fitzgerald with Louis Armstrong. It’s also the birthday of saxophonist Maceo Parker (of James Brown’s JB Horns fame) and trombonist Rob McConnell, so the show highlights the romantic side of their work as well.