Prez’s Day, Birthdays Of Nancy Wilson, Nina Simone & More, And More Jazz Harps

Feb 18, 2019

Monday, February 18

Lester Young

Night Train celebrates Presidents’ Day with music from and the stories of Abe Lincoln, George Washington and ‘the Prez’ himself – Lester Young. We’ll also hear a ‘campaign song’ from Louis Jordan, some patriotic sounds from John Daversa’s American Dreamers album that just took home three Grammy Awards, music from Dizzy Gillespie (who did his own unique run for President in 1964), and more; plus in hour two a special tribute to Lester Young.

Tuesday, February 19

Tonight on the Night Train, it’s the divas! Sarah, Carmen, Ella, Dinah, a tribute to Billie Holiday and more. Plus soul jazz from Hank Crawford, one of Phil Woods’ final concert appearances, and classics from Wes Montgomery, Benny Golson, and Ben Webster.

Jazz singer Nancy Wilson

Wednesday, February 20

Night Train marks birthdays of soul jazz organist Charles Kynard, trumpeter Lew Soloff, and singer Nancy Wilson (including a special focused on her early jazz career in hour two of the show). Plus more jazz harp for the February feature from Carol Robbins and we’ll hear Alice Coltrane, this time on organ, from a mid-70s release, Eternity. Also the latest from Kansas City’s OJT and from trumpeter Thomas Marriott.

Thursday, February 21

Brandee Younger

Night Train marks birthdays of pianist Eddie Higgins, composer & arranger Tadd Dameron (including classic compositions from him that appear on new albums from Jorge Nila and the Joe Magnarelli Quintet), drummer Joe Farnsworth (on a new album from Harold Mabern), and pianist and vocalist Nina Simone (including a special about her life and music in hour two of the show). Plus Night Train continues the February Harp feature with music from contemporary harp star Brandee Younger.