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Blakey & O’Day Centennials + Jazz Birthdays + Halloween

Monday, October 28

Night Train marks a number of birthdays tonight – including October featured artists Art Blakey and Anita O’Day, along with singers Jay Clayton and Andy Bey, bassist Glen Moore (with singer Nancy King), and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. It’s also the birthday of Latin jazz pioneer and in hour two, we’ll hear a special with his son, Arturo O’Farrill, who would take over his father’s band in later years. Plus a new release from vibes player Dan McCarthy in tribute to Gary Burton and Carla Bley, and a new follow-up live set from Chick Corea, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade.

Tuesday, October 29

Some classic compositions and classic recordings tonight on the Night Train – including music from John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and more. Plus more music from October featured artists Art Blakey (with Hank Mobley and Jimmy Smith) and Anita O’Day (with music from her first album on Verve, which also was the first album released by the legendary jazz label), along with new releases from TuneTown, Erroll Garner, Adrian Cunningham, Monty Alexander, Jimmy Cobb, and Corey Christiansen.

Wednesday, October 30

Night Train marks birthdays of Latin jazz conguero Poncho Sanchez (including music from his first new album in seven years, in tribute to John Coltrane) and trumpet legend Clifford Brown (including music he did with October featured artist Art Blakey). We’ll also hear Blakey on the classic Somethin’ Else album with Cannonball Adderley and Miles Davis, and new music from Paul Combs (featuring rare compositions from Tadd Dameron) and guitarist Steve Khan.

Thursday, October 31

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency for a full evening of music tricks and treats. Some scary sounds in store tonight on the Night Train from Cassandra Wilson, Philly Joe Jones, Bill Frisell, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Sun Ra, Dr. John, and many more.

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.