Jack DeJohnette’s 80th, Jazz Singers, Benny Carter and Claude Thornhill
monday august 8
Tonight on the Night Train we mark the birthday of saxophonist, composer, arranger and bandleader Benny Carter. We will hear him as a leader, as a guest with Marian McPartland, Oscar Peterson and Sarah Vaughan (on an album recorded on this date in 1962), and in a special during the second hour of the show. We’ll also hear from August’s featured artist, Jack DeJohnette, in the “Standards Trio” with Keith Jarrett and Gary Peacock. Plus, the latest releases from WJ3 All Stars, John Stein, Juan Carlos Quintero, and Larry Vuckovich.
Tuesday August 9
Night Train dedicates the show tonight to our featured artist of the month for August, legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette who turns 80 today. We’ll hear him from his early days with Charles Lloyd, Miles Davis, Bill Evans and local guitarist Jerry Hahn, from his ECM days with the Standards Trio (with Keith Jarrett and Gary Peacock) and Gateway (with John Abercrombie and Dave Holland), in later recordings with McCoy Tyner, and as a leader. In the second hour, we’ll hear a special interview and music with DeJohnette recording around the time he became an NEA jazz master.
Wednesday August 10
Night Train celebrates tonight the birthdays of singer Cyril Aimée (on a new New Orleans Jazz Orchestra album), saxophonist Arnett Cobb, organist Trudy Pitts and composer, arranger and conductor Claude Thornhill (including in a special in the second hour of the show). We’ll hear from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette with Sonny Rollins and with his Special edition. The new music comes from vocalist Kim Nalley, pianist Thomas Linger (with an impressive debut album) and the Alternative Guitar Summit (in tribute to legendary guitarist Pat Martino).
Thursday August 11
Tonight, we continue a series in 13 episodes, 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.
Jazz singing has always benefited from the innovations and talents of women, from pioneers Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan to contemporary explorers like Casandra Wilson, Diane Reeves and Diana Krall. In the first hour, “It’s Our World…Sometimes,” delves into the particular concerns of extraordinary women who have juggled family demands and battled gender discrimination while resolutely pursuing their artist muse and mastering their job. Interviewees include Abbey Lincoln, Anita O’Day, Nancy Wilson, Carol Sloane, Nneena Freelon, and many more.
Then in the second hour, with “On the Road and in the Club”, the singers of today and yesterday recount their experiences, joys, trials and tribulations performing in all types of venues, from the bars and truck stops to the concert hall. Nat King Cole, Lena Horne, OC Smith, Oscar Brown Jr., Louis Jordan, Nellie Lutcher and more share their stories.