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George Cables, Acoustic Guitar, Jazz Saxophone, Joni Mitchell & More

Monday, November 4

Night Train marks birthdays of Texas Roadhouse Blues and Americana artist Delbert McClinton (with music from a fairly jazzy new album he has out), trumpeter Jeremy Pelt (with Eric Alexander, Jim Snidero and as a leader), and legendary Latin jazz percussionist Carlos “Patato” Valdes (with Kenny Dorham, Bebo Valdes, and as a leader – also featured earlier this evening on Global Village). Night Train also kicks off the November feature marking the 75th birthday of pianist and composer George Cables. We’ll hear him tonight as a leader (including as part of the Maybeck Recital Hall series) and with vibes legend Bobby Hutcherson. Also tonight, new music from Nicolas Bearde’s tribute to Nat Cole, Bill O’Connell & the Afro Carribbean Ensemble, bassist, singer and composer Nicki Parrott, pianist (and former Bad Plus member) Ethan Iverson, and drummer Mark Walker.

Tuesday, November 5

Night Train highlights some acoustic guitar recordings tonight, including a rare example from John Scofield, plus Ralph Towner, John Pizzarelli, John Pisano with Gene Bertoncini, and gypsy jazz guitarists Stephane Wrembel, Romane, Stochelo Rosenberg, and Martin Taylor.  We’ll also hear music from Van Morrison with Joey DeFrancesco, pianists Michel Camilo and Leslie Pintchik, and organist and former Wes Montgomery sideman Mel Rhyne.

Wednesday, November 6

Night Train marks the birthday of the inventor of the saxophone, Adolphe Sax. In hour one we’ll hear music from new albums from saxophonists P.J. Perry, James Carter,  Richie Cole, George Coleman, Carol Sudhalter and Troy Roberts (and we sneak in an older album from alto sax great Art Pepper that also includes November featured artist George Cables). Then in hour two, it’s a special focusing on some great hard bop tenor players of the ‘60s, including Harold Land, Teddy Edwards, and Hank Mobley.

Thursday, November 7

Night Train marks the birthday of Joni Mitchell with music from her and jazz covers of her songs from Tierney Sutton, Herbie Hancock, Karrin Allyson, Marc Copland, Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves, and Claire Martin in hour one. Then in hour two, it’s a special about Joni Mitchell and jazz.