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Blue Note Hits & One-Hit Wonders, New Tribute Albums & Billy Drummond’s Birthday

Monday 6.16.14

Night Train starts the week with a show devoted entirely to the June feature marking the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records, one of the most respected labels in jazz history. In hour one, it’s music from label hitmaker Horace Silver, organists Jimmy Smith, Big John Patton and Larry Young, singers Van Morrison and Cassandra Wilson, and guitarist Kenny Burrell. Then in hour two a special about the music and history of Blue Note with producer Michael Cuscuna, who played a major role in the revival of the label in later years.

Tuesday 6.17.14

Tonight on the Night Train for the June Blue Note Records 75th anniversary feature, label hits (including selections from Lou Donaldson, Jimmy Smith and Stanley Jordan) and one-hit wonders (a couple of remarkable albums from jazz giants who only did one album for the label). Plus new music from the Tord Gustavsen Quartet, Ian Hendricksen-Smith,  Curtis Stigers and Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith.

Wednesday 6.18.14

Night Train highlights music from Italian jazz greats Enrico Rava and Enrico Pieranunzi,  and some ‘after hours’ sounds by bassist John Brown, singer Mary Stallings, and vocalist and pianist Meredith D’Ambrosio. Plus a visit to Kansas City for music from the Chris Hazelton Trio, and  a salute to Bill Evans from Chick Corea with Eddie Gomez and Paul Motian, and music from several artists who recorded on Blue Note, including McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves and Wayne Shorter.

Thursday 6.19.14

Lots happening tonight on the Night Train – with more Blue Note music for the June feature marking the 75th anniversary of the founding of the famed jazz label; some of the newly announced winners of the Jazz Journalist Association Jazz Awards; birthday salutes to Nick Drake, Ernest Ranglin and Billy Drummond; and new tribute albums celebrating Morricone, Monk, Blakey and Gershwin.