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Tadd Dameron Feature, Bill Mays and Soul Jazz

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Monday, February 3

Night Train kicks off the February Tadd Dameron feature with his own version of one of his classic compositions and a special in hour two that profiles him along with bop innovators Fats Navarro, Sonny Stitt, and J.J. Johnson.  The show also marks birthdays of tuba master Bob Stewart, vocalist Dennis Rowland and saxophonist John Handy; plus the latest from the Cory Weeds Quintet and Roger Kellaway.

Tuesday, February 4

Night Train highlights music from vocalists Billie Holiday, Kurt Elling, and Eddie Jefferson (along with Allan Harris and the Manhattan Transfer doing tributes to that vocalese master); classic tracks from Grant Green, and Arnett Cobb with Joe Henderson; and contemporary Latin jazz from Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Bobby Sanabria.

Wednesday, February 5

Night Train celebrates the birthday of pianist, composer and arranger Bill Mays with music he did on a recent album with saxophonist PJ Perry, with drummer and WSU album Matt Wilson and bassist Martin Wind, and from a rare release with bassist Ray Drummond – and also as the featured artist in an hour two special. We’ll also hear this year’s Grammy winner for Best Latin Jazz album (Chick Corea & the Spanish Heart Band), 2020 NEA Jazz Master Bobby McFerrin, and new recordings from pianist Michel Camilo, vibist Lolly Allen, and saxophonist Ted Nash (reinventing the music of West Side Story) – and Paul Combs 2019 album, Unknown Dameron, as part of the February Tadd Dameron feature.

Thursday, February 6

It’s a K.C./ChiTown Soul Jazz Showdown tonight on the Night Train as they show features a resurgence of contemporary soul jazz bands in both towns. We’ll hear music from the Chicago Soul Jazz Collective, Everette DeVan, OJT, the Soul Message Band, Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7 and more. Plus music from February featured artist Tadd Dameron (from Vanessa Rubin’s recent tribute album and from an album he did with John Coltrane), and the latest from Larry Fuller, Chuck Redd, the Bill Cunliffe Trio, Rodney Whitaker, the Big Band of Brothers, Poncho Sanchez, and 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.