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Curtis Mayfield, Oliver Nelson, Peter Erskine birthdays and music from Blue Note

Monday 6.2.14

Night Train travels to the bluesy side of town for music from Ray Charles, Dinah Washington, Oz Noy, Ray Bryant, Ruth Brown and more. Plus classic tracks from Fats Waller and the Modern Jazz Quartet, and some great jazz piano from Ahmad Jamal, Cyrus Chestnut, Ray Bryant, and Jodie Christian.

Tuesday 6.3.14

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to mark the birthday of soul legend Curtis Mayfield, and also pays tribute to groundbreaking film star, jazz singer, and former Wichita resident Herb Jeffries who passed away last week at the age of 100. Plus music from Blue Note– the June feature to mark the 75th anniversary of the famed jazz label – this time with music from Lonnie Smith, Kurt Elling, Kenny Burrell, and Hank Mobley. Also new music from Bobby Sanabria, Jeff Hackworth, the Helge Lien Trio, and the Watters/Felts Project.

Wednesday 6.4.14

Night Train marks birthdays of saxophonist, arranger and composer Oliver Nelson, and Latin jazz saxophone and clarinet master Paquito D’Rivera. Plus new music from organist Larry Goldings, singer Jackie Allen, west coast cool group - the L.A. 6, David ‘Fathead’ Newman with the Tilden Webb Trio, and the Puppeteers. Also more for the June Blue Note Records 75th anniversary feature , this time with music from Stanley Turrentine, Ike Quebec,  and Thelonious Monk.

Thursday 6.5.14

Night Train marks birthdays of Latin jazz trumpeter and percussionist Jerry Gonzalez (with the Fort Apache Band and in guest appearances with Abbey Lincoln and Al DiMeola) and drummer Peter Erskine (including work he did with Weather Report, John Abercrombie, Tierney Sutton, Steps Ahead and as a leader). Plus more from Blue Note for our June feature, including music from trumpeter Lee Morgan and soul jazz organist Freddie Roach.