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Joe Lovano + Birthdays Of Charles Lloyd, Tommy Flanagan, Nat Cole & More

Monday 3.14.16

Night Train has an extensive list of birthday salutes tonight – including singers Mark Murphy and Vanessa Rubin, band leader, producer and arranger Quincy Jones, drummer Akira Tana, and soul jazz organist Shirley Scott. Plus a Shirley Scott special in hour two of the show, and more music from March featured artist Joe Lovano. Plus new music from pianists Kenny Barron and Alfredo Rodriguez.

Tuesday 3.15.16

It’s the birthday today of saxophone and flute player and NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd, and Night Train celebrates with several selections from his later work and also his new album with The Marvels. Plus a Charles Lloyd special in hour two of the show, focusing on his breakthrough work in the ‘60s. We'll also hear new music from singer Cyrille Aimee and vibes player Christian Tamburr, and March featured artist Joe Lovano, with his recording debut on Dr. Lonnie Smith’s Afrodesia album.

Wednesday 3.16.16

One of the greats of jazz piano, Tommy Flanagan, was known for his elegant and sophisticated playing, both as a leader and providing musical support for such legendary artists as Ella Fitzgerald. Night Train highlights music from Flanagan for his birthday, along with a Jazz Profiles special in hour two of the show. Plus new releases and more from March featured artist Joe Lovano.

Thursday 3.17.16

It’s the birthday today of two great pianists: Jessica Williams and Nat King Cole. Cole later became more famous as a singer and pop artist, but his early work with his trio was stylistically groundbreaking, vastly influential, and a showcase for Cole’s impressive piano work.  Night Train highlights music from both Williams and Cole in hour one of the show, and a Cole special devoted to his work as a pianist in hour two of the show.

Chris Heim produces and hosts Global Village, a nationally and internationally distributed world music show; the nightly jazz show Night Train, and Crossroads, KMUW’s twice-weekly blues and R&B show. Chris is also a critic and freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Utne, Global Rhythm, Dirty Linen, and Option, among others.