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Jazz Women Feature + Charles Lloyd, Tommy Flanagan, Nat Cole & Bill Frisell

Monday, March 15

Night Train marks birthdays of saxophonists Bob Wilber and Charles Lloyd (including a special in hour two featuring Lloyd and two other Memphis jazz greats – George Coleman and Harold Mabern). Plus music from Roseanna Vitro and Deborah Brown for the March Women’s History Month feature, and new albums from Dave Stryker, Redman-Mehldau-McBride-Blade, and New Orleans High Society.

Tuesday, March 16

A special edition of Night Train to celebrate the birthday of one of the great poets of the jazz piano - Tommy Flanagan. We’ll hear music from his early days in Detroit through his later acclaimed work as a leader, including a performance done to mark his Jazzpar Prize and one of his Grammy-nominated recordings. Flanagan also had a prolific early career as a sideman and we’ll hear him with Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins, and, in his most famous sideman role of all – as pianist and musical director for Ella Fitzgerald. Hour two of the show features a Jazz Profiles special documenting Flanagan’s life and career.

Wednesday, March 17

Night Train marks birthdays of pianists Jessica Williams and Nat ‘King’ Cole (including a special in hour two showcasing the peak years of the Trio, just as Cole was about to emerge as a major star). Night Train also continues the March Women’s History Month feature with selections from Latin jazz violinist Susie Hansen and pianist Lara Driscoll. And the latest releases from Walter White, Louden Wainwright III, and the Russell Ferrante Trio.

Thursday, March 18

Night Train continues the Women’s History Month feature with music from organist Akiko Tsuruga and Kansas City singer Angela Hagenbach; marks birthdays of steel drum player Andy Narell, vibes player Joe Locke, and guitarist Bill Frisell (with his latest album and in a Savannah Music Festival concert special in hour two); and highlights new albums from guitarists Roni Ben-Hur and Steve Cardenas.

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.