Yusef Lateef Centennial, Canadian Thanksgiving, Art Tatum, Freddy Cole and Flutes


Monday 12 October

Night Train celebrates Canadian Thanksgiving with a performance dedicated to the music of Canadian artists. We will hear music by pianists Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones, bassists Dave Young and Neil Swainson, vocalists Molly Johnson and Holly Cole, saxophonists Cory Weeds and PJ Perry, and jazz versions of Joni Mitchell’s songs by Diana Krall, Herbie Hancock and Laila Biali, with music from Mitchell’s Mingus album.

Tuesday 13 October

Night Train includes new unreleased recordings by Ella Fitzgerald and Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers. There is more October music with artist Yusef Lateef. And the show marks the birthdays of vibration player Johnny Lytle, saxophonists Pharoah Sanders and Lee Konitz, bassist Ray Brown, and one of jazz piano giants Art Tatum (including a Jazz Profiles special in the second hour).

Wednesday October 14

It’s a “flute thing” tonight on the Night Train – showcasing a variety of styles and artists featuring the transverse flute. We will hear “Flute Thing”, a blast from the Blues Project’s past, with music by flautists Ali Ryerson, Herbie Mann, Nestor Torres, Hubert Laws, Dave Valentin, Andrea Brachfeld, Joe Farrell and October star artist Yusef Tardif . We’ll also hear new music from the Claire Daly Band, Ryan Cohan, Artemis, Mark Egan & Danny Gottlieb, John Beasley Monk’estra and Conrad Herwig’s Latin Side of Horace Silver.

Thursday, October 15

Night Train tonight highlights new music from the Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band (with a song by Aretha Franklin), Christian McBride’s salute to the music Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery and Oliver Nelson have made together (and part of the original inspiration with a track from the classic Dynamic Duo album), and much sought-after drummer Joe Farnsworth (with special guest Wynton Marsalis). We’ll also be celebrating the birthdays of Erin McKeown (from her tribute to Blossom Dearie – and music, of course, from Blossom herself), pianist Bill Charlap and pianist and singer Freddy Cole, the late brother of Nat. earlier this year. Cole is also featured on a special in the second hour of the show.

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