Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jazz Singers, Carmen Bradford, Santana and Classic Jazz Quartets

Monday July 18

Tonight we continue a 13 part series, jazz singers. Produced by the Smithsonian and hosted by renowned vocalist Al Jarreau, the programs trace the history of jazz singing from its earliest days to the present day, exploring the music’s roots, evolution, key styles and major artists.

This time, in the first hour, we’ll hear “Straight Out of the Church,” tracing the influence of early spirituals and gospel on jazz. This fusion of styles is found in singers such as Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Dinah Washington, Ernestine Anderson, Little Jimmy Scott, Nancy Wilson, Marlena Shaw, Mary Stallings and Carla Cook. This program explores the “church sound” and spirituality of jazz singing.

Then in the second hour, it’s “With a little help from my friends”. This episode examines the music and influence of jazz bands including The Boswell Sisters, The Mills Brothers, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, The Hi-Lo’s, The Manhattan Transfer, Take 6 and Voicestra. Interviewees include Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Gene Puerling, Annie Ross, Andy Bey and others.

And don’t forget to join us on Night Train every week we feature more in the jazz singers series.

tuesday july 19

Night Train marks the birthdays of vocalists Carmen Bradford (of her own work and with the Count Basie Orchestra) and multi-instrumentalist Phil Upchurch (with George Benson and as leader). We also continue with more music from July, featured artist Dr. Lonnie Smith from one of his classic albums in the first hour and a special concert from the Savannah Music Festival in the second hour of the show. Tonight’s new music comes from guitarist and WSU teacher William Flynn and organists Brian Charette and Tony Monaco.

Wednesday July 20

Night Train will spotlight music from the just-announced 2023 NEA Jazz Masters. We’ll also mark Carlos Santana’s birthday with the jazz side of his work, a tribute to him on a new album from organist Ronnie Foster, new music from Santana bandmate Bill Ortiz, and a second-hour special. .

Thursday July 21

Tonight on the Night Trainwe spotlight classic jazz quartets, including those led by John Coltrane, Benny Goodman, Dave Brubeck, the World Saxophone Quartet, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Charlie Haden’s Quartet West and the Classical Jazz Quartet.

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