Night Train

Monday - Thursday at 10pm

Monday through Thursday night, it’s the best in jazz on Night Train, hosted by KMUW’s Chris Heim. From classic artists and recordings to today’s emerging artists and most intriguing new releases — along with specials, in-depth features, jazz concert highlights and more — Night Train will take you to the best of “America’s classical music.”

Host Chris Heim was awarded first place in the DJ Personality Air Check category by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters in 2020 for her work on Night Train.

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Monday, May 3

Night Train kicks of the April feature celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with music from pianist, composer, and orchestrator Chie Imaizumi. We’re also featuring music from Keith Jarrett and Gary Peacock, both born in May, and this night we’ll hear music from Jarrett’s most recent release, capturing his 2016 concert in Budapest. Birthday artists featured tonight include guitarist Hristo Vitchev, pianist John Lewis, flutist Andrea Brachfeld, lyricist Betty Comden, and bassist Jymie Merritt (featured in a special in hour two about a classic ‘60s Jazz Messengers lineup that included him.)

Tuesday, May 4

Night Train marks birthdays of bass legend Ron Carter (including on a new album from former Wichitan Greg Skaff) and saxophonist Bob Sheppard. The May Asian American Heritage Month feature continues with music from pianist, composer and newly named Guggenheim Fellow Helen Sung. We’re also featuring Gary Peacock and Keith Jarrett, both born in May, and we’ll hear them together as part of the famous “Standards Trio” with Jack DeJohnette – and there’s a Jarrett special in hour two of the show.

Wednesday, May 5

Some “suite” sounds tonight on the Night Train with jazz suites from Duke Ellington, Charlie Byrd, Wynton Marsalis, and Claude Bolling. We’ll also hear a tribute to Modern Jazz Quartet member and classically-influenced jazz artist John Lewis, Classical Variations from Uri Caine, and more

Thursday, May 6

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate one of its favorite holidays – World Accordion Day! We’ll hear music from such eclectic and accomplished accordionists as Richard Galliano, Gary Versace, Jaroslaw Bester, and Gil Goldstein (guesting with Abbey Lincoln, Nicki Parrott, Jim Hall, and Joe Lovano – and featured in a special in hour two, wherein he reveals his surprise inspiration for taking up the accordion).

  1.   Dr. Lonnie Smith – Breath (Blue Note)
  2. Diego Rivera – Indigenous (Posi-Tone)
  3. Behn Gillece – Still Doing Our Thing (Posi- Tone)
  4. Greg Skaff – Polaris (SMK)
  5. The 14 Jazz Orchestra – Cartoon Bebop (Dabon Music)
  6. Joe Chambers – Samba de Maracatu (Blue Note)
  7. Cory Weeds – O Sole Mio! (Cellar)
  8. Nelson Riveros – The Latin Side of Wes Montgomery (Zoho)
  9. Lisa Hilton – More than Another Day (Ruby Slippers)
  10. Roseanna Vitro – Listen Here (Skyline)

Monday, April 26

Night Train continues the April Siblings feature with some of the most prominent brothers in jazz. We’ll hear Robin Eubanks (with brothers Kevin and Duane), the Cannonball Adderley Sextet (with brother Nat), Elvin Jones (with Hank), the Dorsey Brothers (Tommy and Jimmy), the Heath Brothers (Percy, Jimmy and Albert), the Marsalis Family (father Ellis with sons Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo, and Jason), Art Farmer (with twin Addison), the Montgomery Brothers (Wes, Buddy, and Monk), and the Clayton Brothers IJeff and John). There’s also new music from Behn Gillece, Nelson Riveros, Raul Gutierrez, Lisa Hilton, and Ian Hendrickson-Smith.

Tuesday, April 27

Night Train marks birthdays of guitarist Lionel Loueke (as a leader and with Chick Corea), and drummer Connie Kay (with Cannonball Adderley & Bill Evans, the Modern Jazz Quartet, and in an MJQ special in hour two of the show). We’ll also hear music from some musicians with famous jazz siblings for the April feature (Percy Heath, Elvin Jones, and Freddie Cole), and get to new releases from drummer and vibes player Joe Chambers (returning to Blue Note for the first time in over two decades) and Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo.

Wednesday, April 28

Night Train marks birthdays of guitarist Steve Khan (as a leader and with Steely Dan), Latin jazz pioneer Mario Bauza, and singer and pianist Blossom Dearie (including a music and interview special in our two of the show). The April Siblings feature continues with Delfeayo Marsalis, and the Mills Brothers. And we’ll hear the latest from the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Brazilian-jazz harmonica player Hendrik Meurkens, and a throwback jazz set from Loudon Wainwright III.

Thursday, April 29

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate the 88th birthday of Willie Nelson. We’ll hear the jazz side of his work in albums he did in tribute to Frank Sinatra, in a track he did with Dr. John, some instrumental Cole Porter, and a music and interview special with Nelson in hour two of the show.  It’s also the birthday of Duke Ellington, and Latin jazz greats Dave Valentin and Ray Barretto. New releases tonight include the Brianna Thomas Band, the Le Coq All Stars, and the Uptown Jazz Tentet.

Monday, April 19

Night Train kicks off the week with some jazz guitarists – including Pat Martino (from one of his Blue Note releases and early work as part of the John Handy Quintet), Dave Stryker, Larry Coryell with John Scofield and Joe Beck, Charlie Apicella, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, and Barney Kessell. We’ll also sneak in a few pianists as well, including Chick Corea, Monty Alexander, Gene Harris, and Mike LeDonne.

Tuesday, April 20

Night Train highlights Israeli jazz expats in this edition of the show. We’ll hear music from bassist Avishai Cohen, whose birthday it is today, from his new album and with Chick Corea’s Origin lineup; guitarist Issi Rozen (also born on this date); the Cohen family (Anat, a different Avishai, and Yuval) for our April Siblings feature; and a special in hour two that highlights a number of Israeli musicians who have made New York home and become key players on the jazz scene there. Night Train remembers producer, writer, and DJ Bob Porter throughout this week – here with an album he produced for Lou Donaldson. Plus birthday salutes to Tito Puente and Lionel Hampton, and new music from the Echo Park Project.

Wednesday, April 21

Lots to cover tonight on the Night Train. We mark birthdays of trombonist Slide Hampton, guitarist Mundell Lowe (from dates he did with great jazz singers including Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughan), Carline Ray (from the International Sweethearts of Rhythm), and even Iggy Pop (guesting on a new album from soul jazz organ great Dr. Lonnie Smith).

There is music from three jazz artists just named Guggenheim Fellows – Rez Abbasi, Helen Sung, and Elio Villafranca.

We’ll get to music and share information about the NEA Jazz Masters Tribute concert coming up tomorrow.

Night Train also continues its weeklong tribute to influential writer, DJ, and producer Bob Porter, with selections from albums he worked on by Herbie Mann, Charles Kynard, and Red Holloway.

And we’ll hear new music from the 14 Jazz Orchestra, saxophonist Diego Rivera, and guitarists Roni Ben-Hur, Lee Ritenour, and former Wichitan Greg Skaff.

Thursday, April 22

Night Train wraps up the week-long tribute to producer, writer, and DJ Bob Porter with selections from albums he produced for Hank Crawford & Jimmy McGriff, and Scott Hamilton. We’ll also mark birthdays of Tommy Turrentine (brother of saxophonist Stanley Turrentine), percussionist Candido, and bassists Paul Chambers (with Miles Davis) and Charles Mingus (including a Mingus Big Band concert special in hour two of the show).

Monday, April 12

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate the birthday of Jazz legend Herbie Hancock. In hour one, we’ll explore a wide range of Hancock’s music – from his debut album as leader to work with Miles Davis, the Headhunters, and his albums in tribute to the new standards and Joni Mitchell. Then in hour two, it’s a special look at Hancock’s breakout decade of the ‘60s when he was both a much in demand session player at Blue Note Records and a member of Miles Davis’s famed Second Great Quintet.

Tuesday, April 13

It’s jazz meets classical on the Night Train, as tonight’s show features jazz reinterpretations of Debussy, Chopin, Mendelssohn, and Bach, and jazz artists performing with classical ensembles. Among the artists featured are Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, Art Tatum, Cyrus Chestnut, Charlie Byrd with the Annapolis Brass Quintet, Chick Corea with the Harlem String Quartet, and Paquito D’Rivera with Quinteto Cimarron.

Wednesday, April 14

Music tonight on the Night Train from soulful tenor man Gene Ammons (including a Jazz Profiles special in hour two) and veteran trombonist Steve Davis (with Chick Corea, Harold Mabern, and on a new album from former student John Hasselback III) – both born on this date – and from Cannonball and Nat Adderley as the April Siblings feature continues. We’ll also hear new music from soul jazz organist Doug Carn and the 14 Jazz Orchestra.

Thursday, April 15

Night Train continues the April Siblings feature with music from the Heath Brothers, marks birthdays of bassist and NEA Jazz Master Richard Davis (including music he did with guitarist Pat Martino) and Bessie Smith (with covers of her songs from Nina Simone and Dinah Washington, and a Jazz Profiles special in hour two), and highlights new albums from vibes player Behn Gillece, Professor Cunningham & His Old School, Out to Dinner, and Roseanna Vitro.

Monday, April 5

Night Train marks the birthday of soul jazz saxophone legend Stanley Turrentine – and since we’re featuring siblings this month, we’ll focus on tracks Turrentine did with or were composed by his brother Tommy in hour one (with a Jazz Profiles special about Stanley in hour two of the show). We’ll also hear new music from guitarist Dave Stryker (who worked with Turrentine early in his career), pianist Emmet Cohen, and saxophonist Diego Rivera.

Tuesday, April 6

Night Train marks birthdays of pianists Randy Weston and Andre Previn, drummer Art Taylor, and baritone saxophonist and cool jazz pioneer Gerry Mulligan. It’s also the birthday of guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli and we’ll hear him with his brother Martin (for the Siblings Month feature) in hour one and in a special in hour two of the show. Also on tap – the Pat Metheny album that just went into the National Recording Registry, and new music from Charles Lloyd & the Marvels, and Raul Gutierrez & his Cuban Big Band with a tribute to “mambo king” Perez Prado.

Wednesday, April 7

Music tonight on the Night Train from Freddie Hubbard, Mongo Santamaria, Victor Feldman, Pete LaRoca, and Billie Holiday (including a special in hour two) – all born on this date, along with new releases from Latin jazz trombonist Noah Bless and saxophonist Idit Shner.

Thursday, April 8

Night Train continues the April Siblings feature with music from the DeFrancesco Brothers, along with famous jazz siblings Hank Jones and Nat Adderley. It’s also the birthday of legendary jazz vocalist Carmen McRae, here with albums she did in tribute to Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, and Thelonious Monk, and of Yip Harburg (of Wizard of Oz fame) with one of his classic songs done by Abbey Lincoln in hour one and a special about the famed lyricist in hour two of the show. We’ll also get to some new music from New Orleans High Society, 3 More Sounds, and Dr. Lonnie Smith (with Iggy Pop!).

  1.   The 14 Jazz Orchestra – Cartoon Bebop (Dabon Music)
  2. Nelson Riveros – The Latin Side of Wes Montgomery (Zoho)
  3. Lisa Hilton – More than Another Day (Ruby Slippers)
  4. Yoko Miwa Trio – Songs of Joy (Ubuntu)
  5. Dave Stryker – Baker’s Circle (StrikeZone)
  6. Larry Newcomb Quartet – Love, Dad (Larry Newcomb)
  7. Henry Robinett Quartet – Jazz Standards Vol. 2: Then Again (Nefertiti)
  8. The Tiptons – Wabi Sabi (Sowie Sound)
  9. Joe Chambers – Samba de Maracatu (Blue Note)
  10. Cory Weeds – O Sole Mio! (Cellar)

Monday, March 29

It’s World Day (the 88th day of the year) and Night Train celebrates with a program devoted to women jazz pianists for the March Women’s History Month feature. We’ll hear NEA Jazz Masters Carla Bley, Shirley Horn, Marian McPartland, and Joanne Brackeen, along with contemporary players including Lisa Hilton, Jihee Heo, and Hiromi. Then in hour two, we head to the Savannah Music Festival for a “Piano Showdown” with NEA Jazz Master Dick Hyman, Gerald Clayton, Marcus Roberts, and Henry Butler.

Tuesday, March 30

It’s soul jazz guitar tonight on the Night Train as we mark birthdays of Dave Stryker (as a leader, with Stanley Turrentine, and in the Stryker/Slagle Band) and Spanish guitarist Ximo Tebar (with a classic soul jazz lineup of Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lou Donaldson, ad Idris Muhammad). The Women’s History Month feature continues with contemporary soul jazz organist Akiko Tsuruga, bassist Jen Hodge, and vocalists Dominique Eade and Shawnn Monteiro. And we’ll hear the latest from pianist Eric Reed, the 14 Jazz Orchestra, guitarist Larry Newcomb, and the Le Coq All Stars.

Wednesday, March 31

Night Train wraps up the Women’s History Month feature with two special programs. In hour one, Jazz Women of the ‘80s, we’ll hear music from pianist Geri Allen, singer Cassandra Wilson, drummer and 2021 NEA Jazz Master Terri Lyne Carrington, guitarist Emily Remler, and saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom, as well as recordings from women who were already jazz veterans, including Marian McPartland, Carla Bley, and Joanne Brackeen. Then in hour two, Jazz Women of the ‘90s, we’ll hear artists who rose to prominence during the decade, like Renee Rosnes and Diana Krall, and veteran players who returned to center stage, including Shirley Horn, Abbey Lincoln, and Betty Carter.

Thursday, April 1

Night Train begins a new month’s feature with music from jazz siblings and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of International Jazz Day. We’ll hear music from the Montgomery Brothers (Wes, Buddy and Monk) and the Clayton Brothers (Jeff and John – also featured in a Savannah Music Festival concert in hour two) – and from Herbie Hancock, who has been a key figure in Jazz Day since its inception. Also tonight – new music from Yoko Miwa, Henry Robinett, and Leon Lee Dorsey.

Monday, March 22

It’s a soulful night on the Night Train as the show marks birthdays of guitarists George Benson and Melvin Sparks. We’ll hear Benson as a leader and with Miles Davis and Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Sparks from his own releases and along with Papa John DeFrancesco and Hank Crawford. The Women’s History Month feature continues with selections from the Brianna Thomas Band, the Firm Roots duo with Lara Driscoll, baritone saxophonist Claire Daly, and vocalist Lizz Wright. And there’s new music from Edward Simon, Henry Robinett, Joe Chambers, the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, and Cory Weeds.

Tuesday, March 23

Good vibes tonight on the Night Train with birthday salutes to vibes players Stefon Harris (featured in a special in hour two) and Dave Pike. We’ll also hear music from pianist and songwriter Dave Frishberg (also born on this date), Blossom Dearie and Jazzmeia Horn (for the March Women’s History Month feature), and new titles from Joe Farnsworth, Chris Rottmayer, and Hendrik Meurkens.

Wednesday, March 24

In conjunction with the March Women’s History Month feature, Night Train marks the birthday of pianist, composer, and producer Renee Rosnes with music from the supergroup Artemis and in a concert special in hour two of pianist Bill Charlap, along with music from pianist Dena DeRose and violinist Regina Carter. There’s also music from saxophonist Sherman Irby (featured guest on a new album from Latin jazz giant Papo Vazquez) and pianist Steve Kuhn- both born on this date, and new titles from saxophonist Bobby Watson and guitarist Nelson Riveros (with a Latin jazz take on Wes Montgomery).

Thursday, March 25

Birthday salutes tonight on the Night Train include pianist Makoto Ozone, Shadowfax member Chuck Greenberg, drummer Paul Motian (as part of the legendary Bill Evans Trio), Latin music giant Johnny Pacheco (with George Benson and McCoy Tyner), and the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin (including early jazz recordings in hour one and a special tribute in hour two of the show) – along with new music from guitarist Charlie Apicella and the long-running saxophone quartet, the Tiptons.

Monday, March 15

Night Train marks birthdays of saxophonists Bob Wilber and Charles Lloyd (including a special in hour two featuring Lloyd and two other Memphis jazz greats – George Coleman and Harold Mabern). Plus music from Roseanna Vitro and Deborah Brown for the March Women’s History Month feature, and new albums from Dave Stryker, Redman-Mehldau-McBride-Blade, and New Orleans High Society.

Tuesday, March 16

A special edition of Night Train to celebrate the birthday of one of the great poets of the jazz piano - Tommy Flanagan. We’ll hear music from his early days in Detroit through his later acclaimed work as a leader, including a performance done to mark his Jazzpar Prize and one of his Grammy-nominated recordings. Flanagan also had a prolific early career as a sideman and we’ll hear him with Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins, and, in his most famous sideman role of all – as pianist and musical director for Ella Fitzgerald. Hour two of the show features a Jazz Profiles special documenting Flanagan’s life and career.

Wednesday, March 17

Night Train marks birthdays of pianists Jessica Williams and Nat ‘King’ Cole (including a special in hour two showcasing the peak years of the Trio, just as Cole was about to emerge as a major star). Night Train also continues the March Women’s History Month feature with selections from Latin jazz violinist Susie Hansen and pianist Lara Driscoll. And the latest releases from Walter White, Louden Wainwright III, and the Russell Ferrante Trio.

Thursday, March 18

Night Train continues the Women’s History Month feature with music from organist Akiko Tsuruga and Kansas City singer Angela Hagenbach; marks birthdays of steel drum player Andy Narell, vibes player Joe Locke, and guitarist Bill Frisell (with his latest album and in a Savannah Music Festival concert special in hour two); and highlights new albums from guitarists Roni Ben-Hur and Steve Cardenas.

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