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Great Pianists (Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Duke Pearson), Brazilian Jazz & More Kenny Burrell

Monday 8.15.16

Night Train celebrates the birthdays of pianist Oscar Peterson and drummer Stix Hooper (of the Crusaders), kicks off a week-long celebration of Brazilian jazz in honor of the Olympics (including music this time from Klaus Mueller’s new album, Village Samba), and continues with more music from August featured artist Kenny Burrell – with a track from one of his best recordings, Ellington is Forever.

Tuesday 8.16.16

Birthday salutes tonight on the Night Train for pianists Bill Evans and Mal Waldron, singer Mary Stallings, and drummer Cecil Brooks III. Plus more music from August featured artist Kenny Burrell, this time as a leader, with Gene Ammons and with the Prestige All Stars (including John Coltrane and Mal Waldron). And more Brazilian sounds – as Night Train highlights jazz from and inspired by that country throughout the week – tonight including new music from guitarist Sergio Pereira.

Wednesday 8.17.16

Night Train marks birthdays of pianist and composer Duke Pearson, singer Grazyna Auguscik, and saxophonist Ike Quebec. Plus more in a week-long salute to Brazilian Jazz and a month-long feature of music from guitarist Kenny Burrell, and new music from guitarist Andy Brown and the Branford Marsalis Quartet with Kurt Elling.

Thursday 8.18.16

Night Train celebrates the musical friendship of August featured artist Kenny Burrell and fellow Detroiter and jazz piano legend Tommy Flanagan with a variety of releases featuring the two together (with a few other great players, like John Coltrane and Coleman Hawkins, as well). Plus, the week-long salute to Brazilian jazz wraps up with a newly released album marking the return of Brazilian singer Kenia, and Tommy Flanagan doing the Barry Harris composition, “Nascimento.”

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.