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Birthdays of Louis Jordan, Joe Zawinul, Bela Fleck and hard bop masters Lee Morgan & Hank Mobley

Monday  7.7.14

Night Train marks birthdays of jazz fusion great Joe Zawinul, hard bop tenor master Hank Mobley, and Prestige recording artist, guitarist Tiny Grimes. The July Prestige feature continues in hour two with a Jazz Profiles special devoted to one of the giants of the label, Gene Ammons. Plus new music from pianist Fred Hersch, guitarist Steve Khan, and a newly released concert set featuring David ‘Fathead’ Newman.

Tuesday  7.8.14

Tonight on the Night Train, birthday salutes to jump blues great Louis Jordan (including a Jazz Profiles special in hour two of the show), and big band leader, songwriter, trombonist and singer Billy Eckstine. Plus newly named downbeat critics’’ poll winner Wycliffe Gordon, Prestige recording artist Melvin Sparks, and new titles from Catherine Russell, the Band of Bones, Everette DeVan and the L.A. 6.

Wednesday 7.9.14

Night Train highlights music from organists Tony Monaco and Brian Ho, Arturo Sandoval’s tribute to mentor and jazz great, Dizzy Gillespie, and trombonist SteveTurre’s salute to his mentor, Woody Shaw. Plus Italian jazz from saxophonist and clarinetist Gianluigi Trovesi and from Chet Baker’s “Italian Sessions,” and great jazz vocalists Nina Simone, Joe Williams and Shirley Horn.

Thursday 7.10.14

Night Train marks birthdays of banjo man Bela Fleck and hard bop trumpet great Lee Morgan (including a special in hour two exploring the early work of Morgan and jazz legend Wayne Shorter). Plus music from newly named Millennium Swing Award winners, pianist Elio Villafranca (from his new Caribbean Tinge album), and vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant.