Joe Williams Centennial + McCoy Tyner’s Birthday, Alto Saxophones & Violin Day
Tonight’s Night Train showcases classic and contemporary alto saxophone players – including Charlie Parker, Johnny Hodges, Cannonball Adderley, Phil Woods, Kenny Garrett, Richie Cole and Steve Slagle. And as the show continues its salute to jazz singers for Joe Williams centennial birthday, there’s music from Abbey Lincoln and Ernestine Anderson.
Night Train marks the 80th birthday of legendary pianist McCoy Tyner in a special show devoted to his music. We’ll hear Tyner as a leader, in a duo recording with vibes master Bobby Hutcherson, as a sideman with Joe Henderson, and as part of the classic John Coltrane Quartet. Plus covers of his compositions from new albums by Aaron Goldberg and the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra. Then in hour two, a special featuring Tyner with saxophonist Azar Lawrence, a long-time member of Tyner’s band. We’ll hear them separately and together, including from their famous appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
It’s the centennial birthday of December featured artist Joe Williams today and Night Train features music from across his career – from early hits with the Basie band to later work with George Shearing and Grammy-nominated music with his own group. We’ll also hear music from pianist Norman Simmons and guitarist Henry Johnson, both members of Wiliams’ band, and music from several other artists born on this date – singer and songwriter Bob Dorough, pianist John Hicks, saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr., accordionist Richard Galliano, and drummers Tony Williams and Michael Carvin. And there’s new tribute albums from Richie Cole (for Cannonball Adderley) and Lindsey Blair (for Wes Montgomery) among the featured new releases tonight.
Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Violin Day, with music spanning swinging Hot Club of France inspired sounds to jazz fusion. Among the artists featured are Jean-Luc Ponty, Zbigniew Seifert, Stephane Grappelli, Didier Lockwood, the Hot Club of San Francisco and also Regina Carter – both as a special guest on a new album from Cuban piano master Chucho Valdes and in a special Newport Jazz Festival performance in hour two of the show.