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Dr. Billy Taylor + Baritone Madness, Tony Allen, Contemporary Singers & Al DiMeola


Monday, July 19

It’s bari-madness tonight on the Night Train, as the show features legends and rising stars of the baritone saxophone. We’ll hear music from veterans Gerry Mulligan, Nick Brignola, Gary Smulyan, Ronnie Cuber, Hamiet Bluiett (with the World Saxophone Quartet); rising stars Paul Nedzela and Baritone Madness; bari players featured with Al Foster, Lioness, Bill O’Connell & the Afro Caribbean Ensemble and the Dan Pugach Nonet; and we’ll also sneak in a great baritone vocalist, Everett Greene.

Tuesday, July 20

Night Train joins in with Global Village to mark the birthday of legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen with his release in tribute to Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers and an album he did with South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela. We’ll also hear more music from July featured artist Dr. Billy Taylor, and there’s new music from soul jazz organist Kendall Carter, Latin jazz guitarist Nelson Riveros, contemporary cool vibist Simon Moullier, Afrojazz innovators the Sons of Kemet, standards singer Anais Reno, and rising star saxophonist Alexa Tarantino.

Wednesday, July 21

Night Train highlights contemporary singers tonight – including the latest releases from Annabelle Chvostek, Catherine Russell (a special guest on a new album from Evan Arntzen), Rebecca Kilgore, Anais Reno, Amber Weekes, Lilly, Lauren Henderson, Gretchen Parlato, and Alyssa Allgood. We’ll also hear more from July featured artist, Dr. Billy Taylor, and classic tracks from Oscar Peterson with Clark Terry, Gary Peacock with Ralph Towner, and Gene Ammons with Sonny Stitt.

Thursday, July 22

Night Train joins in with Global Village to mark the birthday of guitarist Al DiMeola. We’ll also mark birthdays of guitarists Jimmy Bruno and Joshua Breakstone, and soul jazz organist Don Patterson. Plus more music from July featured artist Dr. Billy Taylor, and new music from Roni Ben-Hur, Raul Gutierrez & His Cuban Big Band, Mike LeDonne, and Dan Wilson.

Chicago native Chris Heim began a lifelong love affair with radio after wandering into the campus station at the University of Chicago and being unexpectedly offered a music show. She got her first job in radio at one of the area’s last “free-form” stations, worked at Chicago’s only progressive rock station and then joined Chicago’s NPR affiliate. It was here where she hosted a jazz show and a world music show (the latter being one of the longest running world music shows in public radio). She has also served as a Music Director and produced and anchored national broadcasts of the city’s jazz, blues, and Latin music festivals, as well as a long-running series done in partnership with Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater.