Monty Alexander, the London scene, flutes and Cole Porter
Monday, June 6
Night Train marks Monty Alexander’s birthday with a program devoted entirely to his music. As part of the Triple Treat lineup, we’ll hear a selection of one of the Jamaican-born pianist’s early releases as a frontman, in appearances with Milt Jackson, Mary Stallings, Ernestine Anderson and Vanessa Rubin, and one of his many reggae-inspired projects in an hour. In the second hour, we head to the Savannah Music Festival for a special performance by Alexander to cap off the anniversary celebration.
Tuesday, June 7
Tonight we have a special program exploring new sounds from London courtesy of Jazz at 100 Today.
London has always been home to a thriving jazz scene. But today’s scene is particularly notable for the gender and racial diversity of the players, their success at a young age, and the wide range of musical influences from hip-hop, club sounds and the African diaspora. and Caribbean.
Much of this diversity has its roots in the innovative educational organization, Tomorrow’s Warriors, whose work over the past thirty years has produced a crescendo of young artists now coming of age.
The first hour of this Jazz at 100 Today Special explores the music of Nubya Garcia, one of three tenor stars emerging from the stage. Then, the second hour features two other tenor stars, Shabaka Hutchings, 37, and Binker Golding, 34 – players, mentors, teachers and charismatic advocates of improvisational music.
Wednesday, June 8
It’s a flute thing tonight on the Night Train as we spotlight a variety of styles and artists featuring the flute. We’ll hear “Flute Thing,” a blast from the Blues Project’s past, along with music from flautists Ali Ryerson, Herbie Mann, Néstor Torres, Hubert Laws, Dave Valentin, Andrea Brachfeld, Joe Farrell, and Yusef Lateef.
Thursday June 9
Today is the birthday of one of the giants of the Great American Songbook, Cole Porter. The many songs he originally composed for theater and film have become perennial favorites and remain a major source of inspiration from jazz legends to contemporary artists. This two-part Night on the Town special traces the life and music of Cole Porter through the songs he wrote and the stories behind them.