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Carmen McRae’s Centennial, Plus Duos And Birthdays Of Gene Ammons, Bessie Smith And Henry Mancini

Monday, April 13

We go two by two tonight on the Night Train, highlighting classic and contemporary duo recordings. Among the artists featured are Bill Evans with Jim Hall, McCoy Tyner and Bobby Hutcherson, Carla Bley and Steve Swallow, guitarists Gene Bertoncini and Steve Greene, a final duo recording from Keith Jarrett with Charlie Haden, and April featured artist Carmen McRae with George Shearing. We’ll also hear a song in tribute to McRae from Kandace Springs’ new album, along with the latest releases from pianist Aaron Diehl, the Lynne Arriale Trio, Django Reinhardt inspired guitarist Stephane Wrembel, and baritone saxophonist and Jazz at Lincoln Center member Paul Nedzella.

Tuesday, April 14


Night Train marks birthdays of West Coast trumpeter Shorty Rogers, trombone veteran Steve Davis, and hard bop tenor favorite Gene Ammons (including a Jazz Profiles special about him in hour two of the jazzshow). We’ll also hear music from April featured artist Carmen McRae, and new music from John Sneider, Jeremy Pelt, and Oded Tzur.


Wednesday, April 15

Night Train marks the birthday of Bessie Smith with two special programs tonight. In hour one, it’s a Jazz Profiles special chronicling the life and music of the Empress of the Blues. Then in hour two, Club McKenzie traces the musical path that led from Bessie to Billie (Holiday).

Thursday, April 16

Tonight on the Night Train, we mark birthdays of guitarist Ulf Wakenius (with bass legend Ray Brown), jazz flute hitmaker Herbie Mann, and composer, arranger, and musician Henry Mancini (including a special in hour two with wife and fellow musician Ginny Mancini exploring his wide-ranging contributions to film, television and American music). There’s more music as well from April featured artist Carmen McRae and the latest from saxophonist Eric Alexander (his first album with strings), up-and-coming vibes player Lolly Allen, and trumpeter Derek Shezbie (in a salute to New Orleans jazz pioneer Buddy Bolden).

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.