In memory of Pat Martino, Organic Duke, Hubert Laws & Airmen of Note


Monday, November 8

Night Train marks the birthdays of several artists, and we’ll hear them invited along with saxophonists as the November saxophone month feature continues. Guitarist Russell Malone appears with Vincent Herring and Jimmy Heath, and drummer Eric Harland is featured with Charles Lloyd. (Lloyd is also featured on a second hour special dedicated to post-Coltrane saxophonists.) And there are two new albums with strings presented tonight – Helen Sung with the Harlem Quartet and Alan Broadbent’s tribute to Dave Brubeck with the London Metropolitan Strings.

Tuesday, November 9

Tonight on Night Train, it’s Ellington ‘Organic’ as the show highlights Duke Ellington. We’ll hear his music featuring Wild Bill Davis on the organ and an array of Ellington’s compositions performed by jazz organists including Pat Bianchi (as part of the band led by the late and great guitarist Pat Martino), Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Smith, the Organik Vibe Trio, ‘Papa’ John DeFrancesco and more. And as we continue the November Saxophone Month feature, there’s music from Benny Carter, Cory Weeds, Houston Person, and Johnny Hodges.

Wednesday November 10

On the Night Train tonight we remember one of the greats of jazz guitar, Pat Martino, who passed away earlier this month. We’ll hear some of his classic tracks in the first hour, then in the second hour it’s an exclusive concert by Martino at the Savannah Music Festival. Night Train Also marks the birthdays of saxophonist Houston Person (for the Saxophone Month feature and with music from his new album, Live in Paris), Warren Wolf (preview of a new live set from Inside Straight by Christian McBride with Wolf). We join Global village this evening to mark the birthday of eclectic flautist Hubert Laws.

Thursday November 11

To mark Veterans Day, Night Train hands things over to the Airmen of Note, the US Air Force’s premier jazz ensemble, for two special concerts. In conjunction with the November Saxophone Month feature, we will be offering shows featuring two great saxophonists who were special guests with the aviators – Walt Weiskopf and Paquito D’Rivera.

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