Monday, November 9
Pianists take center stage tonight on the Night Train. We’ll hear legends like Art Tatum, masters such as Kenny Barron, Bobby Timmons, and Buddy Montgomery, and contemporary artists including Fred Hersch, Brad Mehldau, and Cyrus Chestnut. Plus more from November featured artist – pianist, song writer and singer Mose Allison – and new music from Ray Mantilla, Diane Schuur, Joshua Redman, and Wolff Clark Dorsey Play Sgt. Pepper.
Tuesday, November 10
Night Train kicks things off with a little mini-Monk fest with classic and new tracks featuring music of Thelonious Monk. There are also birthday salutes to pianists Jon Batiste (including a special in hour two) and Paul Bley, and flutist Hubert Laws. And we’ve got a classic track from November featured artist Mose Allison.
Wednesday, November 11
Night Train steps aside for its annual Veterans Day tradition – performances from the Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. In hour one, the Airmen are joined by special guest Butch Miles – a Grammy-winning drummer with the Count Basie Orchestra who has also worked with such greats as Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra and appeared on over 100 recordings. The special guest in hour two is trombonist Andy Martin. As a leader he has over a dozen albums to his credit and as a guest artist he has worked with numerous big bands, including those led by Gordon Goodwin and Bill Holman, worked in television, film and theater, and was the studio band lead trombonist for several seasons of Dancing with the Stars and American Idol.
Thursday, November 12
Night Train has more music from November featured artist Mose Allison and music from several artists born on this date, including soul keyboard legend Booker T. Jones, trumpeter Buck Clayton, and bass great Sam Jones (including a special feature in hour two). Plus the latest from the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and drummer Steve Fidyk, and some sounds from KC courtesy of Guitar Elation.