Joe Williams Centennial, Jazz Birthdays, New Holiday Releases & A Holiday Special
Tonight’s Night Train features male jazz singers, including December featured artist Joe Williams, vocalese masters Jon Hendricks (with Kurt Elling) and Eddie Jefferson, Bobby McFerrin, Bob Dorough, Ben Sidran, Mose Allison, Gregory Porter, and Allan Harris. Plus new releases from John Scofield, OJT, Tomas Martin Lopez, Ted Piltzecker, David Hazeltine, the Jack Mouse Group, Jorge Nila, and Christian Sands.
Night Train continues the December Joe Williams centennial birthday feature and also marks birthdays of Eddie ‘Cleanhead' Vinson (performing with Joe Williams), Pee Wee Crayton, Harold Land, and we’ll even join in with Strange Currency for Keith Richards’ 75th with a cool jazz cover of a Stones classic. We also remember the popular singer Nancy Wilson who passed away last week with music she did with Cannonball Adderley and Joe Williams’ band alum Henry Johnson, and hear her in a Jazz Profiles special in hour two for the birthday of Fletcher Henderson. Plus new holiday music and music from one of two classic Coltrane albums that just went gold.
Night Train marks birthdays of several New Orleans artists – Professor Longhair (featured this month on both Global Village and Crossroads for his centennial birthday), trumpeter and singer Kermit Ruffins, and jazz pioneer King Oliver (featured in a special in hour two). We also continue the December feature marking the centennial birthday of legendary jazz singer Joe Williams, and it’s the birthday as well of guitarist Jacques Lesure, pianist and composer Bobby Timmons – and also of Maurice White – and Night Train will feature some recent covers of classic Earth, Wind & Fire songs in honor of the occasion.
Night Train celebrates the season with a show devoted to holiday sounds – from classics and favorites to new and contemporary versions of holiday songs. Among the highlights – selections from Jazz at Lincoln Center, Etienne Charles, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, the Hollywood Tuba 12, Kermit Ruffins, the Yellowjackets, Duke Ellington, Pee Wee Ellis, Karrin Allyson, Matt Wilson, and more.