Night Train

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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, November 30

Night Train wraps up the November Mose Allison feature with more music from him and with covers of his songs by Curtis Stigers and Swingadelic. There’s new music from Isaiah J. Thompson (a tribute to Buddy Montgomery), Wolff Clark Dorsey (a tribute to the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s album), John Daversa’s comforting quarantine project, and Radam Schwartz with his Organ Big Band. And it’s the birthday of vocalist Roberta Gambarini and we’ll hear her with legendary pianist Hank Jones in hour one, and in a concert special with the Airmen of Note in hour two of the show.

Tuesday, December 1

Tonight on the Night Train, we kick off a new month’s feature marking centennial birthdays of two jazz greats, Dave Brubeck and Clark Terry. We’ll hear Terry tonight recorded live at the Wichita Jazz Festival, and Brubeck from his Red Hot and Cool album. Speaking of Red Hot, today is both World AIDS Day and Giving Tuesday and Night Train highlights some music from the Red Hot series that benefits AIDS prevention and education efforts around the world. (Global Village features a special devoted to the world music side of the Red Hot releases tonight.) There are also birthday salutes to bass icon Jaco Pastorius (with Joni Mitchell, Pat Metheny and Weather Report) and saxophonist Carlos Garnett. New music tonight comes from Jason Marsalis, Mark Egan & Danny Gottlieb, Billy Childs, and Conrad Herwig.

Wednesday, December 2

Night Train marks a number of jazz birthdays (pianist Wynton Kelly with Miles Davis, composer and arranger Eddie Sauter with Stan Getz, lyricist Adolph Green performed by Blossom Dearie, saxophonist PJ Perry teamed up with Campbell Ryga, pianist Amina Figarova with her new electric band, and vocalist Fay Classen with the Millennium Jazz Orchestra in hour one and in a concert special in hour two of the show). Plus music from December featured artist Dave Brubeck, and new releases from Bobby Watson and the Royce Campbell/Chris Whiteman Project.

Thursday, December 3

It’s the birthday today of famed film composer Nino Rota and Night Train celebrates with jazz covers of his compositions from Bill Frisell, Enrico Rava, and Enrico Pieranunzi. There’s also new music from Eddie Henderson and Jerry Bergonzi, and selections from December featured artists Clark Terry and Dave Brubeck (including a Brubeck special in hour two of the show).

Monday, November 23

Night Train highlights music from singer Gloria Lynne, trumpeter Melton Mustafa, bassist Ray Drummond, and songwriter Johnny Mandel (including a special in hour two of the show), all born on this date. Plus covers of songs from November featured artist Mose Allison from singer Kitty Margolis and drummer (and former Allison sideman) Jerry Granelli; and new releases from saxophonist Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Latin jazz band Mongorama, trombonist John Fedchock with his NY Sextet, and the neo-trad New Orleans High Society band.

Tuesday, Novmeber 24

Tonight on the Night Train there’s music from November featured artist Mose Allison with an all-star New Orleans band and early in his career with the Al Cohn-Zoot Sims Quintet; new music from Bill Warfield & the Hell’s Kitchen Funk Orchestra (with a Booker T & the MGs cover – the group featured this month on Crossroads), saxophonist Javon Jackson, drummer and film producer Richard Baratta, and the Flying Horse Big Band (with at tribute to Ray Charles); and on tonight’s birthday list, organist Brian Charette (on a new album from Doug Webb – the saxophone ‘voice’ for Lisa Simpson), pianist Teddy Wilson (with Billie Holiday), and pianist and organist Wild Bill Davis (with Louis Jordan and in a special in hour two of the show).

Wednesday, November 25

Night Train marks the birthday of one of the under-rated treasures of vocal jazz, Etta Jones, with music from her last studio album and a Jazz Profiles special in hour two that chronicles her life and work. Night Train also marks birthdays of legendary saxophonist Paul Desmond (we’ll hear lots more from him in December when Night Train marks the centennial birthday of Dave Brubeck), singer Holly Cole (with a cover of a Mose Allison song), trumpeter Terell Stafford (from an album he did in tribute to hard bop master Lee Morgan), soul jazz saxophonist Rusty Bryant, cornetist Nat Adderley, and pianist Dick Wellstood.

Thursday, November 26

Night Train celebrates Thanksgiving with a musical menu filled with goodies all about food – from the turkey and sweet potatoes to a host of holiday desserts –served up by such tasty players as Bob Dorough, Jaco Pastorius, Gene Ammons, Cyrus Chestnut, Matt Wilson, Don Cherry, and Karrin Allyson.

Monday, November 16

Night Train marks the birthday of pianist and singer Diana Krall, including her cover of a song from Mose Allison, the Night Train November featured artist. There’s also a Mose Allison tribute special in hour two, music from Monty Alexander (featured on the next Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival concert show on Monday November 30th), the start of a week-long tribute to Latin jazz percussionist Candido and to this year’s Latin Grammy nominees, and new music from Eddie Henderson, John Daversa, and the Mark Masters Ensemble.

Tuesday, November 17

Night Train marks birthdays of trombonist Roswell Rudd and bassist Ben Allison, and continues the November Mose Allison feature, and a week-long tribute to Latin percussion master Candido, who passed away earlier this month. Throughout the week, Night Train is also highlighting jazz nominees in this year’s Latin Grammys in advance of Thursday’s Awards ceremony. New releases featured tonight include the Uptown Jazz Tenet, the Christian McBride Big Band, Steve Cardenas, and Artemis, Joe Fiedler’s Big Sackbut, and the Claire Daly Band.

Wednesday, November 18

Night Train continues its month-long Mose Allison feature and week-long salutes to Latin jazz percussionist Candido (here as part of the Conga Kings) and this year’s Latin Grammy nominees (including tonight with the Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Orchestra). Birthday artists tonight include vocalist Sheila Jordan, trumpeter Don Cherry, saxophonist Bennie Wallace, and songwriter Johnny Mercer (featured in an hour two special).

Thursday, November 19

Music tonight on the Night Train from November featured artist Mose Allison, percussionist Candido (wrapping up a weeklong tribute to the conga master who recently passed away), and birthday artists Vincent Herring, Savion Glover (tap dancing with Abbey Lincoln!), and Tommy Dorsey (including a special featuring both him and his musical brother Jimmy).

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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.

Monday, Novmeber 2

Night Train steps aside for “Face the Music and Vote: An American Routes 2020 Election Special.” The show features jazz and gospel takes on American anthems, civil rights songs, topical blues and soul treatments and more. Artists range from Nina Simone and Defeayo Marsalis, to Willie Nelson, Sunnyland Slim, Randy Newman, the Staple Singers, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, John Legend and The Roots, Los Lobos, and many more. 

Tuesday, November 3

It’s a soul jazz extravaganza tonight on the Night Train – including music from saxophonists Gene Ammons and Stanley Turrentine, organists Shirley Scott, Jimmy Smith, Tony Monaco, and Pat Bianchi, and soul jazz bands like the Chicago Soul Jazz Collective, JV’s Boogaloo Squad, and the Soul Message Band.

Wednesday, November 4

Night Train highlights music from one of November featured artist Mose Allison’s finest later album and going back to his debut as a leader with the instrumental set Back Country Suite. We also mark birthdays of legendary Latin jazz percussionist Carlos “Patato” Valdes, pianist Ralph Sutton, and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt – and among the new music tonight there are selections from Dave Stryker, the John Santos Sextet, the Alan Broadbent Trio, Billy Childs, and Conrad Herwig.

Thursday, November 5

Night Train highlights that rare jazz bird – the male jazz vocalist – tonight. We’ll hear both classic and contemporary singers, including November featured artist Mose Allison, Johnny Hartman, Andy Bey, Kurt Elling, Gregory Porter, Fats Waller and more. Plus new music from trumpeter Carl Saunders, the Flying Horse Big Band tribute to Ray Charles, Brazilian keyboardist Ricardo Bacelar, and the Christian McBride Big Band tribute to Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery.


  1. Christian McBride Big Band – For Jimmy, Wes & Oliver (Mack Avenue)
  2. Claire Daly – Rah! Rah! (Ride Symbol)
  3. Eddie Henderson – Shuffle and Deal (Smoke Sessions)
  4. John Di Martino – Passion Flower (Sunnyside)
  5. Spanish Harlem Orchestra – The Latin Jazz Project (Artist Share)
  6. Ricardo Bacelar – Ao Vivo No rio (Bacelar)
  7. Dafnis Prieto Sextet – Transparency (Datnison Music)
  8. Ella Fitzgerald – The Lost Berlin Tapes (Verve)
  9. Ryan Cohan – Originations (Origin)
  10. Raices Jazz Orchestra – Raices Jazz Orchestra (Unity)

Monday, October 26

Night Train marks birthdays of trumpeter Eddie Henderson (as a leader and with Herbie Hancock, Benny Golson and Kenny Barron), third stream French pianist Jacques Loussier, and gospel legend Mahalia Jackson (including as part of Ellington’s Black, Brown and Beige suite). We’ll also hear more music from October featured artist Yusef Lateef from his own albums and as part of the Cannonball Adderley Sextet. Plus recent ‘genius grant’ recipient Cecile McLorin Salvant, and new titles from the John Fedchock NY Sextet, pianist Miki Yamanaka, the John Daversa Quintert’s Cuarentena project, and Crescent City vibes player Jason Marsalis.

Tuesday, October 27

Some international jazz sounds tonight as Night Train marks birthdays of Belgian guitarist Philip Catherine (including on a new album with German bassist Martin Wind), and Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen. Plus more music from October featured artist Yusef Lateef (with Grant Green and with Nat Adderley’s Big Sax Section), newly named ‘genius grant’ recipient Cecile McLorin Salvant, and new music from JD Allen, Bill Frisell, Ella Fitzgerald (a previously unreleased Berlin concert performance), the Mark Masters Ensemble (with music of Alec Wilder), Bobby Watson, Steve Cardenas, and Joshua Redman (with his original quartet lineup of Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade together for the first time since the mid-‘90s).

Wednesday, October 28

Night Train marks birthdays of bassist Glen Moore (with singer Nancy King and with Oregon, the chamber jazz ensemble he co-founded), singer and pianist Andy Bey, and Latin jazz big band pioneer Chico O’Farrill (including a special in hour two with his son, Arturo, who began his career in his father’s band and now heads up some of the more adventurous projects in contemporary Latin jazz). We’ll also get to music from October featured artist Yusef Lateef, and the latest releases from the Dafnis Prieto Sextet, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, and Swingadelic.

Thursday, October 29

Night Train wraps up the month-long centennial birthday party for Yusef Lateef with music he did as a leader and guesting with acclaimed bassist Paul Chambers. The show marks birthdays of saxophonist Zoot Sims (including with a Jazz Profiles special in hour two) andthe ‘Queen of Boogie’ Hadda Brooks. And there’s new music from Latin jazz band Mongorama, Brazilian pianist, composer and arranger Antonio Adolfo, saxophonist Cory Weeds, and pianist John Di Martino (with a tribute to Billy Strayhorn).

Monday, October 19

Night Train kicks off the week highlighting some singers– including Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln, Shirley Horn, Nina Simone, Louis Armstrong, and Diana Krall. Plus classics from Cannonball Adderley and Alice Coltrane, and music from jazz harpist Carol Robbins, the Dafnis Prieto Big Band, the Chicago Soul Jazz Collective, Jack Kilby & the Front Line, pianist (and late night TV band leader) Jon Batiste, and vibes player Joe Locke.

Tuesday, October 20

Night Train marks birthdays of Eddie Harris, Russell Gunn, Martin Taylor, and Jelly Roll Morton (including a Morton special in hour two of the show); highlights more music from October featured artist Yusef Lateef; features new music from Dave Stryker, and Teodross Avery (with a tribute to Thelonious Monk); and we’ll also hear from newly named ‘genius grant’ recipient Cecile McLorin Salvant.

Wednesday, October 21

Music tonight on the Night Train from pianist Fred Hersch, bassist Marc Johnson (including music he did as part of Bill Evans last trio), flutist Ali Ryerson, saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi, and legendary trumpeter, and bop and world jazz pioneer Dizzy Gillespie (featured in a special in hour two) – all born on this date. Plus new music from drummer Jeff Hamilton and a posthumous album from Latin jazz percussionist Ray Mantilla.

Thursday, October 22

Night Train explores the connections between jazz and a variety of styles and rhythms from around the world tonight. We’ll hear music from October featured artist and world jazz pioneer Yusef Lateef; a wide range of Latin jazz from the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Allstars, Jane Bunnett (also featured tonight on Global Village for her birthday), Eddie Henderson, Gonzalo Rubalcaba with Aymee Nuviola, and the Raices Jazz Orchestra; Asian-influenced selections from Nguyen Le, Jim Snidero, the John Mayer-Joe Harriott Double Quintet, and Cosmic Vibrations; and the African inspiration in music of singer Somi.

Monday, October 12

Night Train celebrates Canadian Thanksgiving Day with a show devoted to music from Canadian artists. We’ll hear music from pianists Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones, bassists Dave Young and Neil Swainson, singers Molly Johnson and Holly Cole, saxophonists Cory Weeds and PJ Perry, and jazz versions of Joni Mitchell songs from Diana Krall, Herbie Hancock and Laila Biali, along with music from Mitchell’s Mingus album.

Tuesday, October 13

Night Train features new, previously-unreleased recordings from Ella Fitzgerald and Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers. There’s more music from October featured artist Yusef Lateef. And the show marks birthdays of vibes player Johnny Lytle, saxophonists Pharoah Sanders and Lee Konitz, bassist Ray Brown, and one of the giants of jazz piano Art Tatum (including a Jazz Profiles special in hour two).

Wednesday, October 14

It’s a “flute thing” tonight on the Night Train – highlighting a variety of styles and artists featuring the flute. We’ll hear “Flute Thing,” a blast from the past from the Blues Project, along with music from flutists Ali Ryerson, Herbie Mann, Nestor Torres, Hubert Laws, Dave Valentin, Andrea Brachfeld, Joe Farrell, and October featured artist Yusef Lateef. We’ll also hear new music from the Claire Daly Band, Ryan Cohan, Artemis, Mark Egan & Danny Gottlieb, the John Beasley Monk’estra, and Conrad Herwig’s Latin Side of Horace Silver.

Thursday, October 15

Night Train highlights new  music tonight from the Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band (with an Aretha Franklin song), Christian McBride’s salute to the music Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery and Oliver Nelson did together (and some of the original inspiration with a track from the classic Dynamic Duo album), and in-demand drummer Joe Farnsworth (with special guest Wynton Marsalis). We’ll also mark birthdays of Erin McKeown (from her Blossom Dearie tribute – and music, of course, from Blossom herself), pianist Bill Charlap, and pianist and singer Freddy Cole, Nat’s brother, who passed away earlier this year. Cole is also featured in a special in hour two of the show.

Monday, October 5

Night Train marks birthdays of trombonist Clifton Anderson with music he did with his uncle and legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins, as well as pianists Falkner Evans and Tord Gustavsen. We’ll also hear music from October featured artist Yusef Lateef, focusing on some of his flute-based music. Plus new music from drummer and “genius grant” recipient Dafnis Prieto, saxophonist Grant Stewart, drummer and WSU alum Matt Wilson, and the Raices Jazz Orchestra.

Tuesday, October 6

Night Train marks birthdays of pianist Norman Simmons (as a leader and alongside Joe Williams, Etta Jones, Carol Sloane, Red Holloway, and Everett Greene), and guitarist Mark Whitfield (as a leader and with Jimmy Smith and on Christian McBride’s new album in tribute to the music Jimmy Smith did with guitarist Wes Montgomery). We’ll also hear more from October featured artist Yusef Lateef as Night Train celebrates his centennial birthday all month long. And there’s new music from Isiah J. Thompson (an album in tribute to Buddy Montgomery), the 3D Jazz Trio (rhythm section of the Diva Jazz Orchestra), Dr. Michael White (in a new live release), and trumpeter Bill Warfield with his Hell’s Kitchen Funk Orchestra.

Wednesday, October 7

Night Train continues the October feature, celebrating the centennial birthday of multi-instrumentalist and world-jazz pioneer Yusef Lateef; marks birthdays of Cuban pianist and composer Alfredo Rodriguez and pioneering post-bop organist Larry Young (featured in a special in hour two of the show); and features new albums from baritone sax and flute player Claire Daly (in a tribute to Rahsaan Roland Kirk) and John DiMartino (with a tribute to composer Billy Strayhorn)

Thursday, October 8

Great guitars are the focus tonight on the Night Train, with music from Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Wes Montgomery, Eric Clapton (with Wynton Marsalis), Russell Malone, Pat Martino, and the Deep Blue Organ Trio featuring guitarist Bobby Broom.  We’ll also hear tribute albums including Swingadelic’s salute to Duke Pearson, Dee Dee Bridgewater’s tribute to Billie Holiday, Bill Frisell’s collection of songs from John Lennon, Alan Pasqua doing music of Bill Evans, and Conrad Herwig showcasing the “Latin Side of Herbie Hancock.”