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 9.17.18

Night Train marks birthdays of drummer Jeff Ballard and Jack McDuff (including a special featuring music and conversation from the soul jazz organist in hour two of the show), continues with more music for our September feature (including a classic Horace Silver composition performed by pianist Tommy Flanagan, and music from the classic Somethin’ Else album from Cannonball Adderley), and new music from the Brad Mehldau Trio and guitarist Nate Najar.

Tuesday 9.18.18

More September feature music from Frank Foster (with Frank Wess), Horace Silver, and Cannonball Adderley (with his brother Nat’s Sextet) – and a Jazz Profiles Special about Nat Adderley in hour two of the show. There’s also new music from French horn player Ken Wiley, and Mike Clark with Delbert Bump, and birthday salutes to guitarist Emily Remler and trombonist John Fedchock.

Wednesday 9.19.18

Night Train highlights some jazz trombones – including trombone great J.J. Johnson (with Nat Adderley), and contemporary artists Michael Dease, Wayne Wallace, and the trombone lineup of Band of Bones. Also music from Billy Strayhorn performed by saxophonist Johnny Hodges and pianists Fred Hersch and Joey Alexander, and a guest appearance Strayhorn made with South African singer Sathima Bea Benjamin – and saxophone greats Johnny Hodges, Bobby Watson, and Pharoah Sanders.

Thursday 9.20.18

Night Train highlights tributes and covers tonight – including music from featured artists Horace Silver, Cannonball Adderley and Frank Foster performed by Taj Mahal, Allan Harris, Tim Hegarty, Doug MacDonald and others. We’ll also hear Mose Allison compositions from Maria Muldaur and Roseanna Vitro, and Chick Corea compositions from Joe Farrell and Duende Libre.

Monday 9.10.18

Night Train begins a week long tribute to pianist Randy Weston who passed away earlier this month; continues the September feature celebrating 90th birthdays of Cannonball Adderley, Frank Foster and Horace Silver (including a special featuring Silver in hour two of the show); and marks birthdays tonight of organist and former Ray Charles’ band member Dr. James Polk, and lyricist and singer Lorraine Feather. 

Tuesday 9.11.18

It’s a Baby Face Willette extravaganza tonight on the Night Train as we mark the birthday of the pioneering soul-jazz organist who left behind only a small collection of recordings under his own name and with Grant Green and Lou Donaldson. We’ll hear some of those recordings and a cover of one of his compositions in hour one and more in a special in hour two of the show. Also more from September featured artists Cannonball Adderley, Horace Silver and Frank Foster, and we continue our weeklong tribute to pianist and composer Randy Weston.

Wednesday 9.12.18

Night Train marks birthdays of organist Papa John DeFrancesco, trumpeter Brian Lynch, singer Ella Mae Morse, and saxophonist Scott Hamilton. We also continue our September feature, this time with music from Horace Silver and Cannonball Adderley, and our week long salute to Randy Weston, including music from his album Blues to Africa and a special in hour two featuring Weston at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Thursday 9.13.18

Night Train marks birthdays of critic, songwriter and producer Leonard Feather (including one of his songs done by Aretha Franklin), and sophisticated R&B great Charles Brown (including a special featuring his music in hour two of the show). Plus more from September featured artists Cannonball Adderley and Horace Silver, and we wrap up our week-long tribute to Randy Weston with music from one of his early albums and from one of the releases in his Portraits trilogy.

Monday, September 3
Night Train steps aside for two special programs celebrating Labor Day with jazz and popular songs devoted to work and workers.

Tuesday, September 4
Night Train kicks off the September feature – for the 9th month, 90th birthday celebrations for saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, pianist and composer Horace Silver, and saxophonist and bandleader Frank Foster. Also birthday salutes tonight for soul jazz organist Gene Ludwig, composer, arranger and bandleader Gerald Wilson, saxophonist Dave Liebman, and contemporary gypsy jazz guitarist Bireli Lagrene – plus a gypsy jazz special in hour two of the show.

Wednesday, September 5
The focus tonight on the Night Train is on hard bop, the bluesy and more earthy style of jazz that evolved after bebop. We’ll hear performances and compositions from such hard bop masters as Cannonball Adderley and Horace Silver (our September featured artists), as well as Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, Duke Pearson and Bobby Timmons. Plus new releases from the Cory Weeds Little Big Band, the Verve Jazz Ensemble, Jason Marsalis, Ben Paterson, and Allan Harris.

Thursday, September 6
Night Train marks the birthday of British singer Claire Martin and continues the September birthday feature for Horace Silver, Frank Foster and Cannonball Adderley (including a special in hour two about the classic album, Kind of Blue, which featured Adderley as part of the lineup.) Plus the latest from the Brad Mehldau Trio, Freddy Cole, Eddie Daniels and George Kahn.

Album Cover Art

  1. Bill Anschell – Shifting Standards (Origin)
  2. Eddie Palmieri – Full Circle (Uprising/Ropeadope)
  3. Allan Harris – The Genius of Eddie Jefferson (Resilience)
  4. Erroll Garner – Nightconcert (Mack Avenue)
  5. Brad Mehldau Trio – Seymour Reads the Constitution (Nonesuch)
  6. Jared Gold – Reemergence (Strikezone)
  7. Jerry Vivino – Coast to Coast (Vivino Music/BluJazz)
  8. Amy Cervini – No One Ever Tells You (Anzic)
  9. Ellis Marsalis Quartet – Plays the Music of Ellis Marsalis (ELM)
  10. Bobby Sanabria – West Side Story Reimagined (Jazzheads)

KMUW Music has been hard at work to bring you 5 hours of music on Labor Day, September 3. Tune in from 7 p.m. to midnight as Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train team up to celebrate with an evening of specials.

Monday 8.27.18

Night Train begins a week-long tribute to influential jazz bongo player Jack Costanzo, who passed away last week, and throughout the week, the show also features a series of new albums featuring the organ, including tonight from Ben Paterson. Plus more for the August Four Centennials feature, this time from Ike Quebec; birthday salutes to Kansas City’s Danny Embry, guitarist Rez Abbasi, tenor great Lester Young, and also organ and harp player Alice Coltrane (including a special exploring her musical career in hour two of the show).

Tuesday 8.28.18

Tonight on the Night Train more music from Jack Costanzo, this time with Nat King Cole, as we pay tribute all week to the pioneering bongo player who passed away last week. Plus more in our week-long survey of new jazz albums featuring the organ (tonight from Tim Warfield with Pat Bianchi, and Trinom3). And we’ll mark birthdays of organist Larry Goldings, guitarist Nate Najar, flugelhorn player Mike Metheny (we’ll hear him with brother Pat), and singer Cecile McLorin Salvant (including a concert special featuring her at the Savannah Music Festival in hour two of the show).

Wednesday 8.29.18

Night Train celebrates birthdays of German pianist and composer Florian Hoefner, singer Dinah Washington (with music from a tribute album Aretha Franklin did), and jazz legend Charlie Parker (including Bird compositions performed by August featured artist Eddie Jefferson, guitarist Grant Green and pianist Hank Jones, and a special about Parker in hour two of the show). Plus more new jazz organ albums and the tribute this week to percussionist Jack Costanzo continues with music he did with the Lighthouse All-Stars.

Thursday 8.30.18

Night Train wraps up the August feature celebrating centennial birthdays of Eddie Jefferson, Arnett Cobb, Ike Quebec and Jimmy Rowles – and its week-long tribute to percussionist Jack Costanzo, who passed away last week. Plus birthday salutes to singer Jewel Brown (who worked with Arnett Cobb) and trumpeter Kenny Dorham (including a special in hour two devoted to Dorham and some other hard bop trumpet masters) – and new music from organist Jared Gold, singer Allan Harris, and bassist Buster Williams.

Monday 8.20.18

Night Train remembers the rich legacy of Aretha Franklin tonight. We’ll hear some of the jazz work that she did, including a Billie Holiday song and music from an album she did with jazz pianist Ray Bryant, in the first hour – and then it’s a Sound Opinions special in hour two, surveying Franklin’s life, music and legacy.  Night Train also begins a week-long salute to composer, conductor, arranger and musician Leonard Bernstein for his centennial birthday Saturday – and we mark birthday tonight of John Clayton, Enrico Rava, and Jack Teagarden.

Tuesday 8.21.18

Night Train marks the birthday of Kansas City legend Count Basie with music he did with Oscar Peterson and the Kansas City 3, along with a Jazz Profiles Special in hour two of the show. It’s also the birthday of drummer Leon Parker and trumpeter Art Farmer, and Night Train continues the week-long salute to Leonard Bernstein for his centennial birthday Saturday with music from brilliant re-working of the music of West Side Story from Dave Liebman and Gil Goldstein, and one of his classics performed by Aretha Franklin. We’ll also get to some new music from the Rob Dixon trio, Amy Cervini, and the Ellis Marsalis Quintet.

Wednesday 8.22.18

Night Train continues the August Four Centennials feature with music from all four artists – Arnett Cobb, Eddie Jefferson (including music from a new album in tribute to him from Allan Harris and the Manhattan Transfer album that was dedicated to him), Jimmy Rowles (in a rare celesta performance with Billie Holiday), and Ike Quebec (with Grant Green). We also continue our week-long celebration of the Leonard Bernstein centennial with new albums featuring his compositions from Kurt Elling and Bobby Sanabria.

Thursday 8.23.18

Night Train wraps up a week-long celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial birthday Saturday with jazz reinterpretations of his music from Bobby Sanabria, Nick Finzer, Bill Charlap, Bill Anschell and Blossom Dearie, and a special in hour two exploring West Side Story and a variety of approaches to its music. Plus birthday salutes to pianist Brad Mehldau and Kansas City saxophonist Bobby Watson.

Monday 8.13.18

Lots of great jazz piano tonight on the Night Train as we mark birthdays of George Shearing and Mulgrew Miller, and get to new releases from pianists Eliane Elias, Michika Fukumori, Lynne Arriale, Erroll Garner, Bill Anschell, and Brad Mehldau. We’ll also hear from pianist Jimmy Rowles, one of four musicians we’re featuring this month for their centennial birthdays, and from South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, who was just named a 2019 NEA Jazz Master.

Tuesday 8.14.18

Night Train marks birthdays of singer Lorez Alexandria and singer/pianists Ben Sidran and Jeannie Cheatham tonight. Plus more for our centennial birthdays feature – this time from pianist Jimmy Rowles (with guitarist Barney Kessel and saxophonists Gerry Mulligan and Ben Webster), vocalese pioneer Eddie Jefferson, and Texas tenor Arnett Cobb. New release tonight include Peter Erskine & the Dr. Um Band, Karrin Allyson, Eddie Henderson, Eddie Palmieri, Kurt Elling and Jared Gold.

Wednesday 8.15.18

Night Train marks birthdays of drummer Stix Hooper of the Crusaders and jazz piano great Oscar Peterson (featured in a special in hour two of the show). The August Four Centennials Feature continues, this time with music from Arnett Cobb, and there’s new music from Latin jazz ensemble Tribu, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, and soul jazz organist Radam Schwartz.

Thursday 8.16.18

Night Train features music from pianists Bill Evans (featured in a Jazz Profiles special in hour two of the show) and Mal Waldron, singer Mary Stallings and drummer/producer Cecil Brooks III, all born on this date – along with more in the August Four Centennials Feature, this time from Jimmy Rowles and Eddie Jefferson.

Monday 8.6.18

Night Train marks the centennial birthday of producer, concert presenter, manager and activist Norman Granz. We’ll hear music from the Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts he presented, and some of the classic recordings he produced, including the groundbreaking Songbook sets from Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson, and other selections from his Verve and Pablo labels. Plus a special focusing on his legendary Verve label in hour two.

Tuesday 8.7.18

Night Train marks birthdays of pianist Marcus Roberts, seven-string guitar pioneer George Van Eps, and legendary hornman Rahsaan Roland Kirk (including a special about him in hour two of the show). Plus music from Arnett Cobb, one of the artists with a centennial birthday featured on Night Train this month.

Wednesday 8.8.18

Night Train marks the birthday of saxophonist, composer, arranger and bandleader Benny Carter with music he did as a leader (including one with August featured artist Jimmy Rowles) and covers of his classics from Marian McPartland and Diana Krall. Plus new music from Amy Cervini, George Cotsirilos, Antonio Adolfo and Erik Applegate, and a special in hour two focusing on the later careers of Duke Ellington and Benny Carter.

Thursday 8.9.18

Birthday salutes tonight on the Night Train for drummer Jack DeJohnette (including a special in hour two) and pianist Robert Piket. More music for the August Four Centennials feature, this time from pianist Jimmy Rowles, a tribute to Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko who passed away last week, and new music from New Faces, and Monika Herzig’s Sheroes.

Album Cover Art

  1. Hank Jones – In Copenhagen (Storyville)


  1. Bill Anschell – Shifting Standards (Origin)
  1. Brad Mehldau Trio – Seymour Reads the Constitution (Nonesuch)
  1. Jerry Vivino – Coast to Coast (Vivino Music/BluJazz)
  1. Bill O’Connell – Jazz Latin (Savant)
  1. Steve Gadd Band – Steve Gadd Band (BFM Jazz)
  1. Mike Clark/Delbert Bump – Retro Report (Ropeadope)
  1. Jim Snidero & Jeremy Pelt – Jubilation! (Savant)
  1. Steven Kroon – In Your Dreams (Kroonatune)
  1. Erroll Garner – Nightconcert (Mack Avenue)