August Artist Kenny Burrell & Benny Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Claude Thornhill Birthdays
Inspired by the major exhibition of works by Matisse in Oklahoma City now and Matisse’s paper collage collection that came out under the title of Jazz, Night Train highlights jazz artists and pieces inspired by Matisse from Wynton Marsalis, Jim Hall, Ted Nash, and the new Matisse Jazz Project album. Plus more music from August featured artist Kenny Burrell, and a birthday salute to saxophonist, composer, arranger and band leader Benny Carter, including a Savannah Music Festival special, Warren Vache Plays Carter, in hour two of the show.
Night Train marks the birthday of legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette (including an NEA Art Works special in hour two of the show) and pianist Roberta Piket – continues with more music from August featured artist Kenny Burrell – and highlights new music from singer Rene Marie and guitarist Hristo Vitchev.
Night Train marks birthdays of Texas tenor Arnett Cobb, singer Roberta Donnay, organist Trudy Pitts, and composer-arranger-bandleader Claude Thornhill (including a special tracing his career and innovative music that helped usher in the ‘cool’ sound in jazz). Plus more music from August featured artist, guitarist Kenny Burrell, as a leader and with Coleman Hawkins, Milt Jackson, and Chet Baker.
Night Train highlights some ‘hits’ tonight – bonafide jazz hits, jazz covers of pop hits, and some rare instances of jazz compositions that were turned into pop hits. Among the highlights, an early drummer-less version of “Poinciana” from Ahmad Jamal, the song that revived Nina Simone’s career some 30 years after it was first recorded, the Horace Silver song Steely Dan borrowed for one of their hits, and jazz covers of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and the Zombie’s “Time of the Season.”