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Best Of 2019 And Jazz Birthdays Inc. Bill Goodwin And Bucky Pizzarelli

Monday, January 6

Night Train warms things up on a January night with some hot Latin Jazz. We’ll hear music from Mike Freeman ZonaVibe, Michael Spiro & Wayne Wallace, Arturo Sandoval, Alfredo Rodriguez, Bill O’Connell, Gabriel Alegria, Trio da Paz, David Sanchez and more. We’ll also hear from soul jazz organ great Big John Patton, bass legend Charlie Haden, Archie Shepp with the Ritual Trio, and singer and actress Lea DeLaria (from her jazz tribute to David Bowie).

Tuesday, January 7

Night Train remembers trad jazz and swing player Kenny Davern on his birthday and also pays tribute to Bob Wilber, who worked extensively with Davern and passed away in August of last year. Night Train also continues its look back at the past year in jazz with show favorites and other significant titles of 2019, including from singer Catherine Russell, vibes player Chuck Redd, piano legend Chick Corea, and Joe Fiedler who did a charmingly quirky release re-imagining music of Sesame Street. Plus the latest from Kurt Elling with James Morrison, Richie Cole with Tony Monaco, Mark Winkler, Houston Person, and Jimmy Cobb.

Wednesday, January 8

Night Train marks the birthday of veteran drummer Bill Goodwin with music from his 2019 album Trio, and recordings he did with Gabor Szabo and Royce Campbell, and a special in hour two featuring Goodwin as part of the Phil Woods group. Plus more for the January Best of 2019 feature, including the Chick Corea Spanish Heart Band album, a show favorite and a Latin Jazz Grammy nominee.

Thursday, January 9

Night Train marks the birthday of singer Betty Roche and also of guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli. We’ll hear Bucky with his sons John and Martin, with Ruby Braff and with Slam Stewart, and in hour two as part of the Swingtime lineup in a concert special from the Savannah Music Festival. Also show favorites from the past year, including pianists Hiromi and Erroll Garner, and the latest from James Carter, Adrian Cunningham, and PJ Perry with Bill Mays.

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.