In conjunction with the November Wild Bill Davis/ jazz organ feature, Night Train showcases ‘organic Ellington’ tonight – music from Ellington featuring Wild Bill Davis on organ, plus an array of Ellington compositions performed by jazz organists, including Pat Bianchi, Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Smith, the Organik Vibe Trio, Papa John DeFrancesco and more. Plus new music from Cory Weeds Little Big Band, Ron Carter with Houston Person, Hot Club Sandwich, Bobby Broom, and Tucker Antell.
Night Train celebrates a long list of jazz birthdays, including Wessell Anderson, Maria Schneider, Lyle Mayes (of the Pat Metheny Group), Jacky Terrasson, and also Randy Brecker whom we’ll hear with the original Eleventh House band led by Larry Coryell in hour one, and in a concert special with the New Eleventh House band headed up by Larry’s son Julian Coryell. Plus more jazz organ (from Jimmy Smith and Pat Bianchi) for the November feature.
Tonight on the Night Train, more music from November featured artist Wild Bill Davis, with music he recorded in France in the mid-‘70s. There’s also music from singer Ethel Ennis, bassist Dennis Irwin (with WSU alum, Matt Wilson), and saxophonists Gato Barbieri and Gigi Gryce – all born on this date – including a special featuring Gryce, Benny Golson and Art Farmer in hour two of the show. Plus the latest from organist Mike Bogle, saxophonist Kamasi Washington, and pianist Cyrus Chestnut.
Night Train wraps up the November feature of music from jazz organist Wild Bill Davis and marks birthdays of drummers Adam Nussbaum and Billy Hart. It is also the birthday of composer and pianist Billy Strayhorn and the show highlights some of his famous compositions in hour one, and features a special exploring the musical relationship between Strayhorn and Duke Ellington in hour two.