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Birthdays of Cole Porter, Chick Corea, Les Paul, Bernard Purdie and more

Monday 6.9.14

Night Train highlights more music from the Blue Note label to mark the 75th anniversary of the acclaimed jazz label, and marks birthdays of songwriter Cole Porter, guitarist Les Paul, and pianist Kenny Barron (including a performance from Kenny Barron at the Savannah Music Festival in hour two of the show). Plus new music from Rene Marie, Lisa Ferraro, and the High Note Beatles Jazz Tribute compilation.

Tuesday 6.10.14

Night Train marks the birthday of Joao Gilberto with music from the bossa nova pioneer and covers of his songs. Plus more music from the Blue Note label for the June feature, including a bossa-inspired piece from Kenny Dorham. And in hour two, it’s one of the finest groups on the contemporary Brazilian jazz scene, Trio Da Paz, from a live performance at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Global Village also features music of Joao Gilberto this evening.

Wednesday 6.11.14

It’s drummer night as Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate the birthday of one of the busiest drummers in music, Bernard Purdie, including an unusual date he did with Archie Shepp, as well as appearances with the Godfathers of Groove, Leon Thomas, Nina Simone, and Larry Coryell. It’s also the birthday of drummer Shelley Manne, and for the June Blue Note 75th anniversary feature, Night Train focuses on leader-drummers on the label, including Art Blakey, Jack DeJohnette, and Brian Blade.

Thursday 6.12.14

It’s piano night on the Night Train, marking birthdays of pianists Chick Corea and Geri Allen and showcasing some of the pianists on Blue Note in conjunction with the June Night Train feature marking the 75th anniversary of the label. Among the highlights, music from Return to Forever, Chick Corea’s guest appearance on a new album from Oz Noy and on a live set with Bobby McFerrin, Geri Allen dueting with Marian McPartland, and Blue Note pianists Horace Silver, Albert Ammons (from the very first Blue Note sessions), and Sonny Clark, along with releases Corea and Allen also did on the Blue Note label.

Global Village and Strange Currency will also feature music from Chick Corea tonight.