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July Feature for Prestige Records’ 65th, Ahmad Jamal’s Birthday & the New NEA Jazz Masters

Monday 6.30.14

Night Train wraps up the June Blue Note feature, including music from one of the label’s most adventurous artists – pianist and composer Andrew Hill, who was born on this date. In hour two of the show, it’s a special encore presentation of Piano Jazz with Andrew Hill as the featured guest. Night Train also kicks off a weeklong salute to the newly named 2015 NEA Jazz Masters with music from George Coleman and highlights new music from the Roberto Magris Septet and Chris Parker.

Tuesday 7.1.14

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Canada Day with some great Canadian jazz artists, including the Juno-nominated Ian McDougall 12tet, Jane Bunnett, Diana Krall, and Oscar Peterson. Plus more in Night Train’s weeklong salute to the newly-named 2015 NEA Jazz Masters – this time from Carla Bley, and the start of a month-long feature celebrating the 65th anniversary of Prestige Records (also featured this month on Sunday night’s Straight No Chaser with Bill Pearce).

Wednesday 7.2.14

Night Train celebrates the birthday of Ahmad Jamal with music from throughout his career, including music with George Coleman and at Joe Segal’s Jazz Showcase (both were just named NEA Jazz Masters for 2015). Also more for  the July feature celebrating the 65th anniversary of Prestige Records, this time with music from the Miles Davis Quintet, also a sneak preview of the forthcoming album from the Fred Hersch Trio, and the latest from Bruce Barth, Eric Alexander, Holly Hofmann, and Tim Hegarty.

Thursday 7.3.14

Night Train celebrates the birthdays of jazz organists Dr. Lonnie Smith and Rhoda Scott, guitarist Charlie Apicella, and singers Melissa Walker and Johnny Hartman. Plus more music for the July feature celebrating the 65th anniversary of Prestige Records – this time from the classic Saxophone Colossus album from Sonny Rollins –also  newly named 2015 NEA Jazz Master Carla Bley, and a new Wayne Shorter tribute album from Kansas City’s Doug Talley Quintet.