July Feature – Dr. Billy Taylor + Duke, Leroy Vinnegar, Bastille Day & Dorothy Fields
Monday, July 12
It’s Duke Deluxe tonight on the Night Train as the show celebrates the birthday of saxophone great Paul Gonsalves with music he did with the Ellington orchestra and with Duke alum Johnny Hodges, along with Ellington compositions performed by July featured artist Billy Taylor, on new albums from Singapore pianist Jeremy Monteiro, saxophonist Brent Jenson, and the Mark Masters Ensemble, and in an Ellington special in hour two of the show.
Tuesday, July 13
Instead of riding, Night Train goes for a walk tonight – with the walking bass of Leroy Vinnegar who was born on this date. We’ll hear the acclaimed bassist, best known for his walking bass style, as a leader and as a guest with Teddy Edwards, Benny Carter, Gerry Mulligan, Barney Kessel, Sonny Rollins, Eddie Harris & Les McCann, and Chet Baker. There’s also more music from July featured artist Billy Taylor, and the latest albums from Lauren Henderson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, John Stein, and more.
Wednesday, July 14
Night Train celebrates Bastille Day with music from French jazz artists, jazz projects recorded in France and related recordings – including Ahmad Jamal in Paris, Nina Simone with a Jacques Brel classic, Shirley Horn’s salute to Paris, along with trumpeter Erik Truffaz, pianist Jacky Terrasson, violinist Didier Lockwood, third stream artists Claude Bolling and Jacques Loussier, and music from Hot Club of France legends Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Plus a birthday salute to cellist Akua Dixon with music she did as a leader and with Quartette Indigo.
Thursday, July 15
Night Train marks the birthday of veteran drummer Philly Joe Jones (with John Coltrane and Miles Davis) and Great American Songbook lyricist Dorothy Fields (featured in a special in hour two of the show). And there’s new music from guitarists Greg Skaff, Ricardo Silveira and Doug MacDonald, vocalist Lilly (with guitarist Gilad Hekselman) and saxophonist Rahsaan Barber.