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Blakey & O’Day Centennials + Birthdays Of Fred Hersch, Dizzy Gillespie, Dianne Reeves & More

Monday, October 21

Night Train marks birthdays of pianist Fred Hersch (with Alexis Cole, Anat Cohen, and in a special in hour two with Renee Fleming), flutist Ali Ryerson, trumpet legend Dizzy Gillespie (with Sonny Stitt, Sonny Rollins and Stan Getz), and bassist Marc Johnson (as a member of Bill Evans final trio). Plus more music from October featured artist Art Blakey and new music from pianist Mike LeDonne.

Tuesday, October 22

Night Train celebrates birthdays tonight of saxophone and flute player Jane Bunnett (also featured in a Global Village interview special earlier this evening), pianist and composer Clare Fischer, and also master drummer Candido (including in an appearance with October featured artist Art Blakey). Plus new music from Chick Corea and a special in hour two exploring the music of the ‘60s edition of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.

Wednesday October 23

Night Train marks the birthday of vocalist Dianne Reeves with music she did in the film Good Night and Good Luck, as a guest with pianists Eric Reed and Renee Rosnes, and in hour two in conversation from the National Endowment for the Arts Art Works series, done last year when she was named an NEA Jazz Master. We’ll also hear music from saxophonist Sonny Criss, also born of this date; new releases from Eric Reed, Jazzmeia horn, Michel Camilo, Alan Broadbent and Corey Christiansen; and in conjunction with the October feature, music from Anita O’Day with the Three Sounds and with Gene Krupa, and music from Jazz Messengers Bobby Timmons and Joanne Brackeen.

Thursday, October 24

Night Train highlights guitar sounds from from jazz giants and rising stars tonight, including contemporary players Pat Metheny, Larry Coryell, and Hristo Vitchev, classic tracks from guitar legends Jim Hall and Herb Ellis (from an album he did in tribute to jazz guitar pioneer Charlie Christian), Project G-7 celebrating the legacy of Wes Montgomery, and the group Trio da Paz with Brazilian guitar master Romero Lubambo.

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.