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Tadd Dameron, Presidents' Day, David Murray And Nancy Wilson


Monday, February 17

Night Train continues its annual tradition of celebrating Presidents Day with music from Pres – Lester Young, including music he did with Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison and Nat ‘King’ Cole, and featured in a special in hour two highlighting the dueling Basie tenors of Young and Herschel Evans. We’ll also hear music from clarinetist Buddy DeFranco, who was born on this date, and new music from Django-inspired guitarist Stephane Wrembel and the latest in the Erroll Garner reissue series. And the February Tadd Dameron feature continues with a Dameron composition performed by Barry Harris and a composition in tribute to Dameron written by Harris and performed by Nat Adderley.

Tuesday, February 18

Night Train highlights legendary and modern pianists tonight – including jazz giants McCoy Tyner, Red Garland and Dave Brubeck;  Crescent City patriarch Ellis Marsalis; Keith Jarrett with the ‘Standards Trio’; previously unreleased studio recordings from Bill Evans and Shirley Horn;  and contemporary players including Brad Mehldau (with Joshua Redman), and Leslie Pintchik.

Wednesday, February 19

Night Train marks birthdays of singer Jackie Allen and of saxophonist, bass clarinetist and World Saxophone Quartet cofounder David Murray. We’ll hear music from Allen’s new live album, and Murray albums in tribute to both the Grateful Dead and Nat ‘King’ Cole, along with a special focusing on him and WSQ in hour two of the show.  Plus new music from Church on Monday, and Kurt Elling with James Morrison, and a classic written by February featured artist Tadd Dameron performed by saxophonist Jorge Nila.

Thursday, February 20

Night Train continues the February Tadd Dameron feature with music he did with both John Coltrane and Fats Navarro; highlights new albums from Wallace Roney, Roberto Fonseca, Adrian Cunningham, and (with his first release in a quarter of a century) Christopher Hollyday; and celebrates the birthday of vocalist Nancy Wilson, including a special focusing on her early years in hour two of the show.