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Monty Alexander Feature + Birthdays Of Sammy Cahn, Nick Drake, Eric Dolphy & More

Monday, June 17

Night Train features some soul jazz past and present tonight, including music from Gene Ammons, the Godfathers of Groove, Lou Donaldson, and Sonny Stitt, along with new releases from Dave Styrker, the Chicago Soul Jazz Collective, the Soul Message Band, and Tony Monaco. Plus new music from the Tierney Sutton Band, Joey DeFrancesco with Pharoah Sanders, and next generation AACM member Art “Turk” Burton. We’ll also hear more from June featured artist Monty Alexander, from a release he did in celebration of the club that helped launch his career, and as a guest with veteran vocalist Mary Stallings.  

Tuesday, June 18

Night Train marks the birthday of lyricist, songwriter, and musician Sammy Cahn with versions of his songs from son Steve Khan, singers Holly Cole and Janis Siegel, John Coltrane with Johnny Hartman, and Chet Baker. Plus more from June featured artist Monty Alexander (with Milt Jackson, in a tribute to Tony Bennett, and with his Harlem Kingston Express); Dr. John tributes to Duke Ellington and Johnny Mercer; and new music from guitarist Yotam Silberstein, saxophonist Ken Fowser, pianist Michael Wolff, and Norwegian drummer Snorre Kirk.

Wednesday, June 19

Night Train marks the birthdays of Jamaican reggae and jazz guitarist Ernest Ranglin (with music he did with June featured artist Monty Alexander), Nick Drake (with jazz covers of his songs), and vocalese master Dave Lambert of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross fame. We’ll also have a special about vocalese in hour two of the show in honor of Lambert’s birthday. Plus new music from Joe Fiedler (with brilliant new interpretations of music from Sesame Street), Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom, and vibes player Chuck Redd.

(Global Village also has a special tonight featuring music of Ernest Ranglin.)

Thursday, June 20

Night Train marks the birthday of adventurous multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy with music he did with Chico Hamilton, John Coltrane and the Latin Jazz Quintet, and as part of a special in hour two focusing in on jazz ‘experimentalists.’ Plus more from June featured artist Monty Alexander and new music trumpeter Tom Harrell, Belgian bassist Piet Verbist, and some of today’s top female instrumentalists working together collectively as Lioness.