Night Train

Monday - Thursday at 10pm

Monday through Thursday nights, 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.”

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Monday 8.13.18

Lots of great jazz piano tonight on the Night Train as we mark birthdays of George Shearing and Mulgrew Miller, and get to new releases from pianists Eliane Elias, Michika Fukumori, Lynne Arriale, Erroll Garner, Bill Anschell, and Brad Mehldau. We’ll also hear from pianist Jimmy Rowles, one of four musicians we’re featuring this month for their centennial birthdays, and from South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, who was just named a 2019 NEA Jazz Master.

Tuesday 8.14.18

Night Train marks birthdays of singer Lorez Alexandria and singer/pianists Ben Sidran and Jeannie Cheatham tonight. Plus more for our centennial birthdays feature – this time from pianist Jimmy Rowles (with guitarist Barney Kessel and saxophonists Gerry Mulligan and Ben Webster), vocalese pioneer Eddie Jefferson, and Texas tenor Arnett Cobb. New release tonight include Peter Erskine & the Dr. Um Band, Karrin Allyson, Eddie Henderson, Eddie Palmieri, Kurt Elling and Jared Gold.

Wednesday 8.15.18

Night Train marks birthdays of drummer Stix Hooper of the Crusaders and jazz piano great Oscar Peterson (featured in a special in hour two of the show). The August Four Centennials Feature continues, this time with music from Arnett Cobb, and there’s new music from Latin jazz ensemble Tribu, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, and soul jazz organist Radam Schwartz.

Thursday 8.16.18

Night Train features music from pianists Bill Evans (featured in a Jazz Profiles special in hour two of the show) and Mal Waldron, singer Mary Stallings and drummer/producer Cecil Brooks III, all born on this date – along with more in the August Four Centennials Feature, this time from Jimmy Rowles and Eddie Jefferson.

Monday 8.6.18

Night Train marks the centennial birthday of producer, concert presenter, manager and activist Norman Granz. We’ll hear music from the Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts he presented, and some of the classic recordings he produced, including the groundbreaking Songbook sets from Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson, and other selections from his Verve and Pablo labels. Plus a special focusing on his legendary Verve label in hour two.

Tuesday 8.7.18

Night Train marks birthdays of pianist Marcus Roberts, seven-string guitar pioneer George Van Eps, and legendary hornman Rahsaan Roland Kirk (including a special about him in hour two of the show). Plus music from Arnett Cobb, one of the artists with a centennial birthday featured on Night Train this month.

Wednesday 8.8.18

Night Train marks the birthday of saxophonist, composer, arranger and bandleader Benny Carter with music he did as a leader (including one with August featured artist Jimmy Rowles) and covers of his classics from Marian McPartland and Diana Krall. Plus new music from Amy Cervini, George Cotsirilos, Antonio Adolfo and Erik Applegate, and a special in hour two focusing on the later careers of Duke Ellington and Benny Carter.

Thursday 8.9.18

Birthday salutes tonight on the Night Train for drummer Jack DeJohnette (including a special in hour two) and pianist Robert Piket. More music for the August Four Centennials feature, this time from pianist Jimmy Rowles, a tribute to Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko who passed away last week, and new music from New Faces, and Monika Herzig’s Sheroes.

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  1. Hank Jones – In Copenhagen (Storyville)


  1. Bill Anschell – Shifting Standards (Origin)
  1. Brad Mehldau Trio – Seymour Reads the Constitution (Nonesuch)
  1. Jerry Vivino – Coast to Coast (Vivino Music/BluJazz)
  1. Bill O’Connell – Jazz Latin (Savant)
  1. Steve Gadd Band – Steve Gadd Band (BFM Jazz)
  1. Mike Clark/Delbert Bump – Retro Report (Ropeadope)
  1. Jim Snidero & Jeremy Pelt – Jubilation! (Savant)
  1. Steven Kroon – In Your Dreams (Kroonatune)
  1. Erroll Garner – Nightconcert (Mack Avenue)

Monday 7.30.18

Night Train kicks off the week with birthday celebrations for alto saxophonist David Sanborn, alto sax and flute player James Spaulding, and the late Kansas City singer Kevin Mahogany. We also continue our July Hank Jones feature and highlight new releases from the Brad Mehldau Trio, soul jazz saxophonist Jerry Weldon, bassist Buster Williams, the Steve Gadd Band, and Latin jazz pianist Bill O’Connell.

Tuesday 7.31.18

Night Train wraps up the July Hank Jones Centennial feature tonight, on the 100th anniversary of his birth, with an entire program devoted to his music. We’ll hear music he did as a leader from some of his earliest releases to a previously unreleased concert recording that just came out this past April. We’ll also feature some of his many dates as a sideman with the likes of Coleman Hawkins, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Johnny Hartman, Joe Lovano and more, plus conversations with Hank Jones from Jazz Stories and Art Works.

Wednesday 8.1.18

We’ve got a ‘tenor battle’ tonight on the Night Train, as we feature some classic and contemporary tenor sax players. Among the highlights: two of the artists we’re featuring this month for their centennial birthdays – Arnett Cobb and Ike Quebec – plus Don Braden, Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Al Cohn with Zoot Sims, Scott Hamilton and John Coltrane. And we also have a surprising number of jazz covers of Earth, Wind & Fire songs tonight as well.

Thursday 8.2.18

Night Train is celebrating several centennial birthdays throughout August, including that of the ‘Godfather of Vocalese,’ Eddie Jefferson, who was born August 3, 1918. We’ll feature music from throughout his career tonight on the show, including his version of “Night Train” and work he did with James Moody. Plus covers of his songs, including from Allan Harris, who just released a new album in tribute to Eddie Jefferson – and,  in hour two, a special about vocalese, the art of putting lyrics to instrumental jazz solos, that Jefferson pioneered.

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Monday 7.23.18

Night Train marks birthdays of singer Janis Siegel (solo and with Manhattan Transfer) and soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy; continues the July Hank Jones Centennial Birthday feature with music he did with Dave Holland & Billy Higgins, Benny Carter, and with Malian artists on the rare Sarala album; and highlights new releases from Dave Chamberlain’s Band of Bones, Roberta Piket, George Kahn, Bill Anschell and Joey Alexander.

Tuesday 7.24.18

Night Train highlights the jazz piano trio – including music from the hit Concert by the Sea album from Erroll Garner, young phenom Joey Alexander, contemporary trio leaders like Kenny Werner, Lafayette Harris, Jr., George Cables, Gerry Gibbs, and Mitchel Forman, along with classic leaders like McCoy Tyner, Red Garland and Bill Evans.

Wednesday 7.25.18

Night Train marks birthdays of Annie Ross (of the famous vocalese group, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross), trumpeter and composer Don Ellis, and Ellington saxophonist Johnny Hodges (including a special in hour two focusing on the small groups led by Hodges, and also Chu Berry, Roy Eldridge and Lester Young). Night Train also continues the July Hank Jones feature with music he did with both Charlie Haden and Coleman Hawkins.

Thursday 7.26.18

Night Train marks the 80th birthday of pianist, composer, jazz educator and 2018 NEA Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen with music she did under her own name (including the very first volume in the prestigious Maybeck Recital Hall Series) and with the 70s Jazz Pioneers. We’ll also hear a special Art Works conversation with her in hour two of the show. Plus music from the other 2018 NEA Jazz Masters (Dianne Reeves and Pat Metheny), the newly-named 2019 NEA Jazz Masters (Maria Schneider, Bob Dorough, and Abdullah Ibrahim) and our July featured artist, Hank Jones, who was also an NEA Jazz Master. We’ll sprinkle in a few more as well, including Gary Burton, Lionel Hampton and Von Freeman.

Monday 7.16.18

Night Train kicks off the week with more music from July featured artist Hank Jones, including a newly released live set from Copenhagen in 1983 and from one of several performances from the Village Vanguard with the Great Jazz Trio. Night Train also marks birthdays of Latin jazz artists Cal Tjader and Bola Sete (also featured tonight on Global Village), tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz, and drummer Bobby Previte, and features new releases from Emmet Cohen with Ron Carter, the Fred Hersch Trio and Ben Paterson.

Tuesday 7.17.18

A long list of birthdays to celebrate tonight on the Night Train, including Dave Brubeck and Marian McPartland drummer Joe Morello, tenor saxophonist Chico Freeman, pianist Vince Guaraldi, guitarist Mary Osborne, singer Joanie Pallatto (with the late, great Bob Dorough, who was just named a 2019 NEA Jazz Master), baritone saxophonist Nick Brignola, and singer Jimmy Scott. Plus more from July featured artist Hank Jones (with brothers Thad and Elvin) and new releases from Eliane Elias, the ‘Standards Trio’ of Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnette, Roger Kellaway, Bill O’Connell and Freddy Cole.

Wednesday 7.18.18

Night Train continues the July Hank Jones Centennial Birthday feature with music the acclaimed pianist did with Cannonball Adderley (on the classic Somethin’ Else album) and with Abbey Lincoln. There’s also new music from Don Braden, Leslie Pintchik, the Jeff Hamilton Trio and the Kenny Barron Quintet; and a birthday salute to keyboardist Brian Auger with some of his jazz recordings in hour one and a special concert performance in hour two of the show.

Thursday 7.19.18

Night Train highlights music and musicians from around the world – including Brazil’s Antonio Adolfo and Nilson Matta, Argentina’s Diego Urcola, Cameroon’s Gino Sitson, the Gabriel Alegria’s Afro-Peruvian Sextet, and saxophonist Juli Wood from her album featuring jazz renditions of traditional music from Finland.

Monday 7.9.18

Night Train begins a week-long tribute to Henry Butler, the acclaimed Crescent City pianist who passed away last week. Plus more music from July featured artist Hank Jones (this time with the Great Jazz Trio and with Cannonball Adderley), birthday salutes to jump blues star Joe Liggins, saxophonist Elias Haslanger and New Orleans drummer Stanton Moore, and new jazz piano trio releases from Lynne Arriale, Erroll Garner, Bill Anschell, and the Oak Trio.

Tuesday 7.10.18

Night Train celebrates birthdays of hard bop trumpet star Lee Morgan, popular bassist Major Holley, and eclectic banjoist Bela Fleck (including a performance with Marcus Roberts at the Savannah Music Festival in hour two of the show). Plus more music from July featured artist Hank Jones (this time with Lee Morgan and as a leader), New Orleans pianist Henry Butler, and new releases from the OKB Trio, Eddie Henderson, and Kurt Elling.

Wednesday 7.11.18

Night Train highlights classic and contemporary soul jazz tonight – including music from such veterans as Lou Donaldson and Jack McDuff, and contemporary soul jazz players including Dave Stryker, Brian Charette, Organissimo, and Mike LeDonne.

Thursday 7.12.18

Night Train marks birthdays of pioneering soul jazz organist Big John Patton, and Ellington band tenor man Paul Gonsalves (including his historic Newport performance with Duke) ; wraps up a week-long tribute to Crescent City pianist Henry Butler; continues with more music from July featured artist Hank Jones for his centennial birthday; and features new music from Venture, Harold Lopez-Nussa, the Brad Mehldau Trio, Jerry Vivino, and Mike LeDonne & the Groover Quartet.

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  1. Don Braden – Earth, Wind and Wonder (Creative Perspective Music)


  1. Steven Kroon – In Your Dreams (Kroonatune)
  1. Bill Anschell – Shifting Standards (Origin)
  1. Brubeck Brothers Quartet – Timeline (Blue Forest)
  1. Dongfeng Liu – China Caribe (Zoho)
  1. Erik Applegate – Three’s A Crowd (Artist Alliance)
  1. Azar Lawrence – Elementals (High Note)
  1. Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette – After the Fall (ECM)
  1. Jim Snidero & Jeremy Pelt – Jubilation! (Savant)
  1. Brad Mehldau Trio – Seymour Reads the Constitution (Nonesuch)

Monday 6.25.18

Night Train highlights ‘hits’ tonight – actual jazz hits, jazz covers of pop hits, and some rare instances of jazz compositions that were turned into pop hits. Among the highlights, an early drummer-less version of “Poinciana” from Ahmad Jamal, the song that revived Nina Simone’s career some 30 years after it was first recorded, the Horace Silver song Steely Dan borrowed for one of their hits, and jazz covers of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and the Zombie’s “Time of the Season.”

Tuesday 6.26.18

On the Night Train birthday list tonight, two pianists/composers/arrangers – Dave Grusin and Bill Cunliffe, and drummer Joey Baron, including a new album just out from Cunliffe, a couple of tribute albums Grusin did, and guest appearances by Baron with Bill Frisell, Steve Kuhn, and Enrico Pieranunzi. Also new music from Eric Applegate, and Jim Snidero & Jeremy Pelt with a tribute to Cannonball Adderley. And for the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature, a song from the Virgin Islands from Sonny Rollins, and in hour two, a special featuring Puerto Rican saxophonist Miguel Zenon.

Wednesday 6.27.18

Night Train continues the Caribbean American Heritage Month feature with some Afro-Cuban (and other) Latin jazz tonight – including music from Mongo Santamaria, Ray Mantilla, the Caribbean Jazz Project, Charlie Haden – and off new albums from Steven Kroon, Azar Lawrence, Freddy Cole, the Ellis Marsalis Quintet, the Kenny Barron Quintet, and Akira Tana.

Thursday 6.28.18

Night Train marks the birthday of Richard Rodgers with a number of his compositions that appear on new albums from Bill Anschell, Susan Krebs, Amy Cervini, Roberta Piket and a new Nina Simone compilation. It’s also the birthday of keyboardist John Medeski and we’ll hear him with Medeski, Martin & Wood, Roswell Rudd, and last year’s Hudson release with Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield & Larry Grenadier. We also mark the birthday of Tierney Sutton, including with a special featuring her in hour two of the show.

KMUW Music is celebrating the first day of summer on Thursday, June 21, with five hours of music. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for songs of the season.