Blakey & O’Day Centennials Feature & Lots O’ Bass Players
Monday, September 30
Night Train marks birthdays of saxophonist Antonio Hart and pioneering bebop bassist and composer Oscar Pettiford (including a Jazz Profiles special featuring him in hour two of the show), along with new music from singer Claire Martin, guitarist Dave Stryker, and pianist Michel Camilo, and classic tracks from John Lewis and Thelonious Monk.
Tuesday, October 1
It’s bass in the place tonight on the Night Train, celebrating birthday of bassists Dave Holland, Curtis Lundy and Mark Helias and a special in hour two about the double bass in jazz. Night Train also kicks off a month-long centennial birthday celebration for legendary drummer Art Blakey, and highlights new music from the Cory Weeds Quintet and from guitarist Corey Christiansen.
Wednesday, October 2
Night Train continues the October feature celebrating centennial birthdays of singer Anita O’Day and drummer Art Blakey. We’ll hear an O’Day ‘concept album – Anita O’Day Sings the Winners, and music from Blakey with Lee Morgan and with the Messagers, and a special in hour two featuring the 1957 Messengers lineup and the eight albums Blakey recorded that year, including one with Thelonious Monk. Plus music from the late Harold Mabern – with a Lee Morgan composition from one of his own albums and a part of the lineup on a new release from drummer Jimmy Cobb – and we’ll also hear Cobb when he was part of the lineup with Miles Davis.
Thursday, October 3
Night Train continues the October feature celebrating centennial birthdays of singer Anita O’Day and drummer Art Blakey. We’ll hear O’Day with Cal Tjader and the Oscar Peterson Quartet and Blakey with Hank Mobley, along with some classic compositions by some of his Jazz Messengers. Also in store tonight, birthday salutes to drummer Mike Clark (including music he did as part of Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, the Wolff & Clark Expedition, and Delbert Bump) and tenor saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master Von Freeman; and new music from the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, Laurence Hobgood, Jimmy Cobb, and Bill Goodwin.