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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1. When I Left Home: My Story by Buddy Guy (DaCapo Press) The newly named Kennedy Center honoree offered a surprisingly readable look back at his life here, including a vivid account of the tough times he faced at first in Chicago and intriguing portraits of some of the blues legends whose paths he crossed on the way to become one himself.

Night Train Best of 2012

Dec 12, 2012

  1. Steve Kuhn/Steve Swallow/Joey Barron - Wisteria (ECM)
  2. Ali Jackson/Aaron Goldberg/Omer Avital - Yes!

1. George Cables - My Muse (High Note)
2. Luciana Souza - The Book of Chet (Sunnyside)
3. Brad Mehldau Trio - Where Do You Start (Nonesuch)
4. Brent Jensen/Bill Anschell/Chris Symer - Blueprints (Origin)
5. Anat Cohen - Claroscuro (Anzic)
6. Cheryl Bentyne - Let's Misbehave (Summit)
7. Kurt Elling - 1619 Broadway (Concord)
8. Kevin Coelho - Funkengruven (Chicken Coup)
9. Clayton Brothers - The Gathering (Artist Share)
10. Marc Johnson/Eliane Elias - Swept Away ECMO
11. Bruce Barth - Three Things of Beauty (Savant)

1. Brent Jensen/Bill Anschell/Chris Symer - Blueprints (Origin)
2. Marc Johnson/Eliane Elias - Swept Away ECMO
3. Bruce Barth - Three Things of Beauty (Savant)
4. Pat Metheny - Unity Band (Nonesuch)
5. Joey DeFrancesco - Wonderful! Wonderful! (High Note)
6. Fred Hersch Trio - Alive at the Vanguard (Palmetto)
7. Graham Dechter - Takin' It There (Capri)
8. Lewis Nash Quintet - The Highest Mountain (Cellar Live)
9. Nobuki Takamen - Three Wishes (Summit)
10. Towner Galaher - Uptown! (Rhythm Royale)

Throughout November, Night Train features music from today's first family of American jazz - the Marsalis Family. Though Wynton Marsalis is perhaps the best known member, father Ellis and brothers Branford, Delfeayo and Jason are also accomplished musicians with impressive careers in their own right. They also have the unique distinction of being the only family to have collectively been named NEA Jazz Masters.

  1. Chick Corea/Gary Burton - Hot House (Concord)
  2. Roni Ben-Hur/Santi DeBriano - Our Thing (Motema)
  3. Carol Welsman - Journey (Justin Time)
  4. Pete Zimmer - Prime of Life (Tippin')
  5. John Abercrombie Quartet - Within A Song (ECM)
  6. Kevin Mahogany & the Dave Stryker Organ Trio - Next Time You See Me (Mahogany Jazz)
  7. Cheryl Bentyne - Let's Misbehave (Summit)
  8. Claire Martin - Too Much in Love to Care (Linn)
  9. Oregon - Family Tree (Cam Jazz)
  10. Luciana Souza - The Book of Chet (Sunnyside)
  11. Fred Hersch Trio - Alive at

Pat Metheny is one of the rare artists in jazz who combines the highest level of artistry with a popularity that extends well beyond the usual jazz circles. He is widely regarded as one of the finest guitarists of his generation and is known for his technical skill, heartland melodies and adventurous artistry.

  1. Bruce Barth - Three Things of Beauty (Savant)
  2. Kevin Mahogany/Dave Stryker Organ Trio - Next Time You See Me (Mahogany Jazz)
  3. Cory Weeds - Up A Step (Cellar Live)
  4. Sara Gazarek - Blossom & Bee (Palmetto)
  5. Dr.

With a new album together and an upcoming date here in town, Night Train will feature music of Chick Corea and Gary Burton throughout September.

At the end of last month, the National Endowment for the Arts announced the list of 2013 NEA Jazz Masters. Since 1982, this highest jazz honor has been bestowed on some of the greatest living musicians in jazz - among them, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Dave Brubeck, Wayne Shorter, Tony Bennett and Jack DeJohnette. NEA Jazz Masters receive a one-time fellowship award of $25,000, are honored at an awards ceremony, and may participate in a variety NEA-sponsored promotional, performance, and educational activities.