Night Train

Monday - Thursday at 10pm

Monday through Thursday nights, it’s the best in jazz on Night Train, hosted by KMUW’s Chris Heim. From classic artists and recordings to today’s emerging artists and most intriguing new releases - along with specials, in-depth features, jazz concert highlights and more - Night Train will take you to the best of “America’s classical music.”

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Monday 11.12.18

In honor of Veterans Day, Night Train steps aside to present two exciting performances from the premier jazz ensemble of the Air Force, the Airmen of Note. In hour one, we’ll hear them with trumpet legend Bobby Shew, and in hour two, their special guest is saxophone legend Walt Weiskopf. Shew, a veteran himself, has appeared with acclaimed big bands led by Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Toshiko Akiyoshi and more. Weiskopf also worked with Rich and Akiyoshi, was a member of Steely Dan, and is also a highly regarded jazz educator.

Tuesday 11.13.18

Night Train marks birthdays of drummer Idris Muhammad, singer Blue Lu Barker, Kansas City band leader Benny Moten, and pianist Hampton Hawes; continues the November jazz organ feature with music from Charles Earland and Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7; pays tribute throughout the week to trumpeter Roy Hargrove; previews concerts for the coming week; and in hour two features a special on West Coast pianist – including birthday artist Hampton Hawes, along with Dave Brubeck and Nat ‘King’ Cole.

Wednesday 11.14.18

Night Train continues its week-long tribute to master trumpeter Roy Hargrove, who passed away earlier this month, along with more jazz organ sounds for the November feature, concert previews, and birthday salutes to pianists George Cables and Ellis Marsalis (who will be featured in a special in hour two of the show).

Thursday 11.15.18

Night Train wraps up a week-long tribute to Roy Hargrove with music from his now-out-of-print debut ablum, as a guest with Jimmy Smith, and from his classic Latin jazz set, Habana. The show is also celebrating the centennial birthday of Wild Bill Davis this month and we’ll hear him in some different settings with work he did with Count Basie, Gloria Lynne, Lionel Hampton, and Louis Jordan. Plus new music from Ben Paterson and Richie Cole and in hour two, in conjunction with jazz organ feature, a special devoted to three great soul jazz organists – Jimmy Smith, Shirley Scott and Baby Face Willette.

Monday 11.5.18

As part of the November feature celebrating the centennial birthday of jazz organ pioneer and Parsons KS native Wild Bill Davis, Night Train highlights a number of jazz organists tonight. We’ll hear Davis with long-time music partner and fellow Ellington alum Johnny Hodges, along with music from organists Pat Bianchi, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, Mel Rhyne, Jared Gold and more. Plus new music from Aimee Allen, Tiffany Austin, Tim Warfield, Stefon Harris + Blackout, and the Rob Dixon Trio.

Tuesday 11.6.18

Night Train will be pre-empted tonight for election coverage – but you can join us on-line afterwards for tonight’s edition of the show through the streaming archive player you’ll find right near the top of the Night Train page on our website.

Night Train offers a special rebroadcast of “Live from the Caramoor Jazz Festival” with performances from a great line-up of veteran players and rising stars of jazz, including pianist Kenny Barron, the Cookers, singers Gretchen Parlato and Dee Dee Bridgewater, and the Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band.

Wednesday 11.7.18

Night Train celebrates a long list of birthdays tonight – including Joni Mitchell (with covers of her songs from Lynne Arriale and Tierney Sutton), Lighthouse All Stars leader Howard Rumsey, and singers Denise Jannah, Kitty Margolis, and Rene Marie (who will also be featured in an hour two special). Plus, Night Train pays tribute to saxophonist Sonny Fortune who recently passed away, and there’s more jazz organ for the November feature including contemporary players Larry Goldings, Ben Paterson, and Larry Young.

Thursday 11.8.18

Night Train marks birthdays of drummer Eric Harland, cool jazz singer Chris Connor, and guitarist Russell Malone. Plus we remember saxophonist Sonny Fortune, who passed away recently, and the Night Train November feature celebrating the centennial birthday of jazz organ pioneer Wild Bill Davis continues with a guest appearance he made with Arnett Cobb.

Album Cover Art

  1. Tim Warfield – Jazzland (Criss Cross)


  1. Charlie Sepulveda & the Turnaround – Songs for Nat (High Note)
  1. Lynne Arriale trio – Give Us These Days (Challenge)
  1. Bobby Broom – Soul Fingers (Bobby Broom)
  1. Ken Wiley – Cuerno Exotica (Krug Park Music)
  1. Eddie Palmieri – Full Circle (Uprising/Ropeadope)
  1. Gilad Hekselman – Ask for Chaos (Motema)
  1. Rob Dixon Trio – Coast to Crossroads (Rob Dixon)
  1. Bill Anschell – Shifting Standards (Origin)
  1. Dave Chamberlain’s Band of Bones – Picadillo (Dave Chamberlain)

Monday 10.29.18

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.

Tuesday 10.30.18

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.

Wednesday 10.31.18

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.

Thursday 11.1.18

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.

KMUW Music is celebrating Halloween with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Wednesday, October 31 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Monday 10.22.18

In conjunction with the October Latin Jazz feature, Night Train celebrates two artists born on this date inspired by Latin jazz. Canadian saxophone and flute player Jane Bunnett has made multiple visits to Cuba to learn the many styles and rhythms of that country. We’ll hear several of those projects along with music from an album she did with acclaimed jazz vocalists Sheila Jordan and Jeanne Lee. It’s also the birthday of pianist, composer, and arranger Clare Fischer and we’ll hear some of his Brazilian-flavored works, including a project he did with Art Pepper and a solo piano release, Just Me. Night Train also previews a new album from master Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes, and highlights new releases from Kamasi Washington, John Scofield, Sullivan Fortner, and Sergio Pereira.

Global Village also has a special of music and conversation with Jane Bunnett tonight.

Tuesday 10.23.18

Night Train marks the birthday of singer Dianne Reeves. Along with music she did under her own name and early in her career with Caldera, we’ll hear a conversation with her that was done earlier this year,  shortly before she was honored as a 2018 NEA Jazz Master. Night Train also marks birthdays of saxophonist Ernie Watts (including work with Charlie Haden’s Quartet West, on a tribute to Leon Thomas, and on an album just out from the Brad Goode Quintet); vibes player, arranger, composer and conductor Gary McFarland (with Anita O’Day and with a composition performed by Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery); and West Coast alto player Sonny Criss – and there’s new music from Christian Sands, Chip White and Bill Anschell.

Wednesday 10.24.18

Night Train highlights legendary and modern pianists tonight – including jazz giants McCoy Tyner, Red Garland and Dave Brubeck;  Crescent City patriarch Ellis Marsalis; Keith Jarrett with the ‘Standards Trio’; previously unreleased studio recordings from Bill Evans and Shirley Horn;  and such contemporary players as Brad Mehldau (with Joshua Redman), and Leslie Pintchik.

Thursday 10.25.18

More Latin jazz sounds for the October feature on the Night Train, including from artists featured on tonight’s show. We mark birthdays of Brazilian guitarist and bossa nova pioneer Roberto Menescal (also featured earlier tonight on Global Village), Japanese trumpeter Terusmasa Hino, trombonist Robin Eubanks, and sax great Jimmy Heath (also featured in a special in hour two along with hard bop tenor players Benny Golson and Sonny Rollins). Plus new music from Tony Bennett with Diana Krall, Bobby Sanabria’s Latin jazz reworking of West Side Story, and pianist Aaron Goldberg’s new release that also marks the return of drummer Leon Parker.

Monday 10.15.18

Night Train begins a week-long tribute to two great jazz talents who passed away at the beginning of the month – Latin jazz percussionist and trumpeter Jerry Gonzalez, and baritone saxophonist and World Saxophone Quartet co-founder Hamiet Bluiett. Plus more music for the October Latin Jazz feature, and birthday salutes to singer and pianist Freddy Cole, bassist Palle Danielsson, and pianist Bill Charlap (featuring in a Savannah Music Festival concert special in hour two of the show with saxophonist Houston Person.)

Tuesday 10.16.18

Night Train marks birthdays of trombonist Ray Anderson (solo and with early John Scofield), trumpeter Roy Hargrove (from his Latin jazz masterpiece Habana), and drummer Mark Walker (with the Caribbean Jazz Project and Steve Khan). Plus more for the October Latin Jazz feature and for this week’s tribute to two master musicians who passed away at the beginning of the month - Jerry Gonzalez (tonight with the Fort Apache Band and flamenco guitarist Niño Josele) and Hamiet Bluiett (with the World Saxophone Quartet and as a special guest with James Carter). And there’s new music from Tribu, Tim Warfield, Bobby Broom, Miki Yamanaka, and the Rob Dixon Trio.

Wednesday 10.17.18

Night Train marks birthdays of three guitarists – Howard Alden, Barney Kessel, and bossa nova pioneer Luiz Bonfa (including a special in hour two exploring the connections between jazz and bossa nova). Plus more in our week-long tribute to Jerry Gonzalez (including the classic Moliendo Café album he did with the Fort Apache Band) and Hamiet Bluiett (from an album he did in tribute to Nat ‘King’ Cole). Plus new music from Houston Person with Ron Carter, and from saxophonist Tucker Antell.

Thursday 10.18.18

Night Train wraps up a week-long tribute to trumpeter/percussionist Jerry Gonzalez and baritone saxophonist and World Saxophone Quartet cofounder Hamiet Bluiett, who passed away earlier this month. We also mark birthdays of Wynton Marsalis, Anita O’Day, Curtis Stigers, and Esperanza Spalding (including a special featuring the bassist and singer at the Newport Jazz Festival in hour two of the show); along with new music from organist Jimmie Smith (in tribute to soul jazz organ pioneer Jimmy Smith), Crescent City pianist Ellis Marsalis, and Latin jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri.

Monday 10.1.18

Night Train kicks off the October Latin Jazz feature with music from Eddie Palmieri’s new album, the latest from Cuban pianist and composer Harold Lopez-Nussa, and Conrad Herwig’s Latin Side projects, including a special in hour two featuring his Latin Side of Herbie Hancock performance at the Newport Jazz Festival. It’s also the birthday of bassist Dave Holland and we’ll hear him with his Quintet and in projects with Anouar Brahem, Bill Frisell, Elvin Jones, Hank Jones and Billy Higgins. And there’s also some new music from singer Amy Cervini and teenaged piano phenom Joey Alexander.

Tuesday 10.2.18

It’s contemporary jazz organ players tonight on the Night Train – including Mike LeDonne, Ben Paterson, Brian Charette, Jared Gold, Pat Bianchi, and more – and a number of NEA Jazz Masters, including 2018 honoree Pat Metheny, 2019 nominee Abdullah Ibrahim, and such previous award winners as Abbey Lincoln, Charlie Haden, Roy Haynes, and Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison.

Wednesday 10.3.18

In conjunction with the October Latin Jazz feature, Night Train highlights Afro-Cuban jazz – including the standard “Cubano Chant” and music from Kenny Dorham’s classic album, Afro-Cuban -  and Cuban jazz artists – including Harold Lopez-Nussa, Alfredo Rodriguez, Ignacio Berroa and Paquito D’Rivera. Plus music from 2018 NEA Jazz Masters Dianne Reeves and Pat Metheny,  new music from the Fred Hersch Trio, Karrin Allyson, Kurt Leeing, Lynne Arriale, and Mike Freeman ZonaVibe.

Thursday 10.4.18

Night Train marks birthdays of bassist Steve Swallow (as a leader and with Carla Bley), singer Leon Thomas (with Pharoah Sanders and Louis Hayes, along with an album in tribute to him from Babatunde Lea), and blues/jazz guitarist Duke Robillard (who is the featured artist throughout October on Crossroads). The show also continues the October Night Train Latin Jazz feature with music from Wayne Wallace, Ken Wiley, and Cal Tjader with Anita O’Day – and there’s new music from Radam Schwartz, Nick Finzer, Cecile McLorin Salvant, and the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra.

Album Cover Art

  1. Ben Paterson – Live at Van Gelder’s (Cellar Live)


  1. Eddie Palmieri – Full Circle (Uprising/Ropeadope)
  1. Allan Harris – The Genius of Eddie Jefferson (Resilience)
  1. Erroll Garner – Nightconcert (Mack Avenue)
  1. Bill Anschell – Shifting Standards (Origin)
  1. Brad Mehldau Trio – Seymour Reads the Constitution (Nonesuch)
  1. Jared Gold – Reemergence (Strikezone)
  1. Amy Cervini – No One Ever Tells You (Anzic)
  1. Bobby Sanabria – West Side Story Reimagined (Jazzheads)
  1. Eddie Henderson – Be Cool (Smoke Sessions)

Monday 9.24.18

Night Train marks birthdays of pioneering bongo player Jack Costanzo, singer (and pioneering African American Western movie star) Herb Jeffries, and vibes player Jay Hoggard. Plus more music from September featured artists Horace Silver, Frank Foster (this time with Count Basie), and Cannonball Adderley, including a special in hour two featuring Cannonball and several other players who helped shape the role of the alto in jazz post-Charlie Parker.

Tuesday 9.25.18

Night Train marks the birthday of German jazz organist Barbara Dennerlein and continues with the September 90th birthday celebrations for Horace Silver, Frank Foster and Cannonball Adderley.  We’ll hear Adderley live in Japan with his classic sextet, Foster as part of the lineup on a soulful set headed up by Illinois Jacquet, and music from a classic album from Horace Silver and then a special all-star tribute to him in hour two of the show.

Wednesday 9.26.18

Night Train marks birthdays of trumpeter Nicholas Payton, singer Julie London, and composer George Gershwin (including a Gershwin special in hour two of the show), Plus more music from September featured artists Cannonball Adderley, Horace Silver, and Frank Foster, along with new music from Houston Person with Ron Carter, Bill Anschell, and Jared Gold.

Thursday 9.27.18

Night Train wraps up the September feature, marking 90th birthdays of Cannonball Adderley, Horace Silver and Frank Foster, and celebrates birthdays of bop trumpeter Red Rodney, drummer Matt Wilson, and piano legend Bud Powell (including a special featuring Bud Powell in hour two of the show). Plus new music from Buster Williams and the Ted Nash Quintet.