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Piano Month, Autumn, Ray Charles 90th And Jazz Birthdays

Monday, September 21

Night Train marks birthdays of local guitar great and fusion pioneer Jerry Hahn (as a leader and with Grant Geissman and King & Moore), bassist Slam Stewart, and pianist Henry Butler (also featured in a solo concert special from the Savannah Music Festival in hour two of the show). We’ll also hear the latest from guitarist Steve Cardenas, singer Lauren Henderson, and the BK Trio.

Tuesday, September 22

Night Train marks the arrival of autumn with a program devoted to both classic and contemporary songs about fall. Among the artists featured– Cannonball Adderley, Nat Adderley, John Coltrane with Johnny Hartman, Bob Dorough, the Jacques Loussier Trio, the David Murray Quartet, Mose Allison, Patricia Barber, Vanessa Rubin, and more.

Wednesday, September 23

Night Train marks the 90th birthday of the legendary Ray Charles with some of his more jazz-oriented work and several jazz tribute albums in hour one of the show, followed by a special in hour two focusing on his ABC years from the ‘60s through the early ‘70s when Charles was solidifying his distinctive style while at the same time racking up nearly a dozen Number One hits. It is also the birthday of  jazz legend John Coltrane, saxophone and flute player and Basis band member Frank Foster, pianist Les McCann, and singer Irene Reid.

Thursday, September 24

Night Train continues the September Piano Month feature with the latest releases from Chick Corea, Billy Childs, Harold Lopez-Nussa, Ricardo Bacelar, Monkia Herzig, and Joey Alexander. We’ll also mark birthdays of trombonist and Crusaders’ member Wayne Henderson, vibes player Jay Hoggard, and “Mr. Bongo” Jack Costanza. And there’s new music from percussionist Ray Mantilla, drummer Steve Fidyk, and singer Diane Schuur.

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.