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Charlie Christian Centennial, Birthdays Of Johnny Hodges, Annie Ross, Joanne Brackeen & Brian Blade

Monday 7.25.16

Night Train marks birthdays of contemporary jazz drummer Brian Blade, vocalist Annie Ross (of the famed vocalese group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross) and Ellington saxophonist Johnny Hodges. Plus more jazz guitar for the Charlie Christian Centennial birthday celebration (including John Scofield, Charlie Hunter’s new album, the Howard Alden/Andy Brown Quartet, and Christian with the Benny Goodman Sextet) – and new music from the Organik Vibe Trio, The Hot Sardines, Cyrus Chestnut and Andy Narell.

Tuesday 7.26.16

Night Train teams up with Strange Currency to mark the birthday of Mick Jagger with some jazz covers of Stones songs in hour one, and a special in hour two with saxophonist Tim Ries who worked with the Stones and did his own set of Stones jazz covers. Plus a birthday salute to pianist Joanne Brackeen (the only female player to work in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers), more electric guitar jazz for the July feature, and new music from Karl Latham and Gregory Porter.

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.