In conjunction with the October Latin Jazz feature, Night Train celebrates two artists born on this date inspired by Latin jazz. Canadian saxophone and flute player Jane Bunnett has made multiple visits to Cuba to learn the many styles and rhythms of that country. We’ll hear several of those projects along with music from an album she did with acclaimed jazz vocalists Sheila Jordan and Jeanne Lee. It’s also the birthday of pianist, composer, and arranger Clare Fischer and we’ll hear some of his Brazilian-flavored works, including a project he did with Art Pepper and a solo piano release, Just Me. Night Train also previews a new album from master Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes, and highlights new releases from Kamasi Washington, John Scofield, Sullivan Fortner, and Sergio Pereira.
Global Village also has a special of music and conversation with Jane Bunnett tonight.
Night Train marks the birthday of singer Dianne Reeves. Along with music she did under her own name and early in her career with Caldera, we’ll hear a conversation with her that was done earlier this year, shortly before she was honored as a 2018 NEA Jazz Master. Night Train also marks birthdays of saxophonist Ernie Watts (including work with Charlie Haden’s Quartet West, on a tribute to Leon Thomas, and on an album just out from the Brad Goode Quintet); vibes player, arranger, composer and conductor Gary McFarland (with Anita O’Day and with a composition performed by Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery); and West Coast alto player Sonny Criss – and there’s new music from Christian Sands, Chip White and Bill Anschell.
Night Train highlights legendary and modern pianists tonight – including jazz giants McCoy Tyner, Red Garland and Dave Brubeck; Crescent City patriarch Ellis Marsalis; Keith Jarrett with the ‘Standards Trio’; previously unreleased studio recordings from Bill Evans and Shirley Horn; and such contemporary players as Brad Mehldau (with Joshua Redman), and Leslie Pintchik.
More Latin jazz sounds for the October feature on the Night Train, including from artists featured on tonight’s show. We mark birthdays of Brazilian guitarist and bossa nova pioneer Roberto Menescal (also featured earlier tonight on Global Village), Japanese trumpeter Terusmasa Hino, trombonist Robin Eubanks, and sax great Jimmy Heath (also featured in a special in hour two along with hard bop tenor players Benny Golson and Sonny Rollins). Plus new music from Tony Bennett with Diana Krall, Bobby Sanabria’s Latin jazz reworking of West Side Story, and pianist Aaron Goldberg’s new release that also marks the return of drummer Leon Parker.