Monday, April 15
Night Train marks birthdays of bassist, jazz educator and NEA Jazz Master Richard Davis (including music he did as a leader, and with Sarah Vaughan, Bill Lee (Spike’s dad) and Chico Hamilton), and the "Empress of the Blues,” Bessie Smith (including one of her classics, Dinah Washington’s tribute album, and a Jazz Profiles special in hour two). Plus April featured artist Stanley Turrentine, bassist Jaco Pastorius, and new releases featuring two great jazz vocalists – Betty Carter (in the first album of previously unreleased material in over two decades) and Catherine Russell.
Tuesday, April 16
Night Train marks birthdays of popular and eclectic jazz flutist Herbie Mann, guitarist Ulf Wakenius (including work he did with both Ray Brown and Oscar Peterson), and composer Henry Mancini and continues with music from April featured artist Stanley Turrentine with music from his CTI days and with soul jazz organ great Jimmy Smith. Plus new music from Michael Wolff, Etienne Charles, the Soul Message Band, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, the Chicago Soul Jazz Collective, and Lyn Stanley.
Wednesday, April 17
In conjunction with the April feature of music from soul jazz tenor great Stanly Turrentine, Night Train highlights contemporary jazz organists who offer a modern take on the classic soul jazz sound. Among the artists featured are Larry Young, the Organik Vibe Trio, Ed Cherry (with organist Kyle Koehler), Will Bernard (with organist Brian Charette), Dave Anderson (with organist Pat Bianchi), the James Carter Organ Trio, and the Funky Organics.
Thursday, April 18
Night Train marks birthdays of drummer Danny Gottlieb (including music he did as part of the Pat Metheny Group), pianist and composer Hal Galper (as a leader and as part of the Phil Woods Quintet), and singer Madeleine Peyroux (including a Song Travels special in hour two of the show). Plus new music from drummer Mark Walker, guitarist Stephane Wrembel, and Juno-nominated singer Holly Cole.