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Blakey & O’Day Centennials, Canadian Thanksgiving & Jazz Birthdays

Monday, October 14

Night Train celebrates Canadian Thanksgiving Day with a show devoted to music from Canadian artists. We’ll hear music from pianists Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones, bassists Dave Young and Neil Swainson, singers Molly Johnson and Holly Cole, saxophonists Cory Weeds and PJ Perry, and jazz versions of Joni Mitchell songs from Diana Krall, Herbie Hancock and Laila Biali, along with music from Mitchell’s Mingus album.

Tuesday, October 15

Night Train marks birthdays of pianist and singer Freddy Cole, bassist Palle Danielsson (with Charles Lloyd and Keith Jarrett), and pianist Bill Charlap (featured in a Savannah Music Festival special in hour two of the show) – plus more music from October featured artist Anita O’Day, along with music in tribute to the other October featured artist, Art Blakey, on a new album from guitarist Joshua Breakstone.

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Roy Hargrove Quintet's 'With the Tenors of Our Time'

Wednesday, October 16

Night Train marks birthdays of trombonist Ray Anderson, trumpeter Roy Hargrove, and drummer Mark Walker; highlights new music from the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet; and continues with more music from October featured artists Anita O’Day and Art Blakey, including a special in hour two focusing on some of the great players in the Jazz Messengers, including Hank Mobley, Bobby Timmons, Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter and Kenny Dorham.

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Barney Kessel's 'Let's Cook!'

Thursday, October 17

Two guitarists born on this date – Barney Kessel and Howard Alden – are featured tonight on the Night Train, along with more music from October featured artists Art Blakey and Anita O’Day. We’ll hear music from a Blakey tribute album done by a number of Jazz Messenger alums, and a Jazz Profiles special on Anita O’Day  in hour two (just an hour before her centennial birthday on Friday). Plus the latest releases from the Ethan Iverson Quartet and Yoko Miwa, and some classic Thelonious Monk compositions performed by various artists, including Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band.

Chris Heim produces and hosts Global Village, a nationally and internationally distributed world music show; the nightly jazz show Night Train, and Crossroads, KMUW’s twice-weekly blues and R&B show. Chris is also a critic and freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Utne, Global Rhythm, Dirty Linen, and Option, among others.