Jazz Harp, Jazz Organ, Jazz Singers & Jazz Birthdays

Feb 25, 2019

Billie Holiday

Monday, February 25

Night Train highlights singers tonight – including Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln, Shirley Horn, Nina Simone, Louis Armstrong, and Diana Krall. Plus more jazz harp for the February feature from Carol Robbins, and we’ll also hear Alice Coltrane, but this time featured on piano. We’ll dip into the Dafnis Prieto Big Band release that just took home a Grammy for Latin Jazz album and hear new music from singer and pianist Kelly Green and her Trio, the Chicago Soul Jazz Collective, Jack Kilby & the Front Line, pianist (and late night TV band leader) Jon Batiste, and vibes player Joe Locke.

Dr. Lonnie Smith

Tuesday, February 26

Night Train highlights a variety of jazz organists tonight – including such pioneering players as Dr. Lonnie Smith, Charles Earland, Jimmy McGriff, Mel Rhyne and John Patton, and contemporary artists including John Medeski, Mike LeDonne, and Joey DeFrancesco. Alice Coltrane, who we’ve been hearing this month as a harpist for the February feature, also is featured on organ on one of her classic tracks.

 

Wednesday, February 27

 

Night Train marks birthdays of saxophonist Dexter Gordon (including a special about his ‘60s comeback in hour two), pianist Joey Calderazzo (including music he did on the Grammy-nominated recent album from Kurt Elling), and guitarist Stephane Wrembel (with a selection from his latest project, The Django Experiment IV). Plus we remember Baltimore singer Ethel Ennis who passed away last week, continue the February harp feature with music from Carol Robbins, and highlight the latest from organist Pat Bianchi.

Thursday, February 28

 

Alice Coltrane

Music from singer Roseanna Vitro, world-jazz guitar pioneer Pierre Doerge, Latin jazz percussionist Willie Bobo, and pianist Mike Wofford – all born on this date – plus the latest from pianist Michael Wolff, guitarist Bobby Broom and bassist Piet Verbist, and Night Train wraps up the February Jazz Harp feature with some rare music from jazz harp pioneer Corky Hale and a special in hour two about Alice Coltrane.