Best Of ’16 Wrap Up, Feb. Feature – Al DiMeola & Lots Of Jazz Birthdays
Night Train marks birthdays of vibes and piano Buddy Montgomery (including guest appearances with his brother Wes, the Riverside Reunion Band and Bobby Hutcherson), soul jazz organist Hank Marr, and jazz oud pioneer Ahmed Abdul Malik. Plus more of the Best of 2016 as we wrap up the January feature – this time from Abbey Lincoln, Charles Lloyd, and Herlin Riley, along with Grammy nominees Willie Nelson and Trio da Paz.
It’s a piano showcase tonight on the Night Train with music from pianists Bruce Barth, Edward Simon, George Cables, Mike Longo, Brad Mehldau, Cedar Walton, Ellis Marsalis, and Jessica Williams. Plus classics from Eddie Harris, and Jimmy Smith with Wes Montgomery.
Night Train kicks of the February feature of music from Al DiMeola with music he did on the Elegant Gypsy album, released 40 years ago this year – and from one of his albums in tribute to new tango legend Astor Piazzolla. Plus birthday salutes to saxophonists Joshua Redman (including music from his new album with pianist Brad Mehldau) and Ari Brown (as a leader and with Ritual Trio, and keyboardist Joe Sample (with the Crusaders, Phil Upchurch, and B.B. King).
Night Train marks birthdays of saxophonists Stan Getz and Sonny Stitt and pianist Jodie Christian, including a Getz special in hour two of the show. Plus new music from Organic Trio, Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7, and the Three Sounds.