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Holiday Specials And John Scofield’s Birthday

Monday, December 23

Join us tonight on the Night Train for a program devoted to holiday and seasonal favorites. We’ll hear selections from John Scofield, Ella Fitzgerald, Cyrus Chestnut, Vince Guaraldi, Dave Brubeck, Betty Carter, Mary Stallings, and more.

Tuesday, December 24

We have two holiday specials tonight featuring the acclaimed Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with artistic director Wynton Marsalis. In hour one, it’s holiday jazz favorites from the likes of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Gregory Porter, René Marie, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Then in hour two, it's a Crescent City Christmas when Wynton joins with father Ellis Marsalis and friends Roberta Gumbel, Herlin Riley, and Wycliffe Gordon for more great holiday sounds.

Wednesday, Decmeber 25

It’s a holiday tradition for pianist Bob Thompson, his band, and a guest vocalist to gather together to perform seasonal favorites. In hour one, the special guest is songwriter, singer and Best New Artist Grammy winner Paula Cole. Then in hour two, Thompson is joined by Mollie O’Brien, an accomplished and eclectic singer whose work spans Americana, bluegrass, folk, R&B, and jazz.

Thursday, December 26

Night Train celebrates the birthday of one of today’s finest jazz guitarists, John Scofield, with a program devoted to his music. We’ll hear Sco as a leader from throughout his career, including from his most recent album, Combo 66; along with collaborations with guitarists Pat Metheny and John Abercrombie, and guest appearances with Herbie Hancock, Gary Burton, Joey DeFrancesco, Gerry Mulligan, McCoy Tyner, Mose Allison and more. We’ll also hear him in a couple of rare settings – with a big band and playing acoustic guitar.

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.