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Bird’s Centennial And Birthdays Of Kat Edmonson, Eric Alexander, Dorothy Ashby, Charlie Haden & More


Monday, August 3

Night Train kicks off a new month’s feature marking the centennial birthday of jazz great Charlie Parker. We’ll also mark birthdays of vocalese pioneer Eddie Jefferson, bassist Ben Wolfe, and singer and songwriter Kat Edmonson (featured in a special in hour two of the show). Plus new music from the Tampa trio La Lucha, the tuba/guitar duo of Jim Self and John Chiodini, and pianist John Di Martino.

Tuesday, August 4

The Night Train Bird Centennial feature continues with music from a Charlie Parker tribute album from alto saxophonist Stefano di Battista. Also tonight birthday salutes to drummers Terri Lynn Carrington and Jeff Hamilton, jazz legend Louis Armstrong, and tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander (featured in a concert special in hour two of the show). Plus the latest from Tim Ray. Thomas Marriott and Dr. Michael White.

Wednesday, August 5

In conjunction with the August Charlie Parker Centennial feature,  Night Train showcases classic and contemporary alto sax players – along with Bird and a tribute to him from Lee Konitz, we’ll hear selections from Johnny Hodges, Cannonball Adderley, Phil Woods, Kenny Garrett, Richie Cole, Hank Crawford, and Steve Slagle. Also on tap, vocalists Joe Williams, Abbey Lincoln and Ernestine Anderson, organist Joey DeFrancesco, and the Afro Bop Alliance Big Band.

Thursday, August 6

It’s a jazz birthday bonanza tonight on the Night Train as the show celebrates those of violinist Regina Carter, vocalist Abbey Lincoln, bassist Charlie Haden, saxophonists Ravi Coltrane (John’s son) and Victor Goines, harpist Dorothy Ashby, and harmonica player Hendrik Meurkens (featured in a special in hour two of the show. And in conjunction with the August Charlie Parker Centennial Birthday celebration, Night Train dips into some of his Latin jazz work.