Male Jazz Singers, Johnny Otis Centennial, Cello Day & Frank Vignola
Monday, December 27
the one tonight Night Train presents this rare bird – the male jazz singer. We’ll hear selections from hitmaker Joe Williams, vocal masters Jon Hendricks (with Kurt Elling) and Eddie Jefferson, soundscapes painter Bobby McFerrin, twisted Bob Dorough, Ben Sidran and Mose Allison, and rising stars Gregory Porter. and Allan Harris.
Tuesday 28 December
Music tonight on the Night Train comes from guitarist Joe Cohn, piano giant Earl Hines, drummer Ed Thigpen, keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith, all born on this date. It is also the centenary anniversary of conductor and impresario Johnny Otis with a first hit at the first hour and a special at the second hour.
wednesday 29 december
Night Train joins in Global village and Strange currency to celebrate International Cello Day. We’ll be spotlighting jazz cello in the first hour of Ray Brown, Akua Dixon, Oscar Pettiford, Helen Sung with the Harlem Quartet, David Darling, Indigo Quartet, and Wayne Shorter with a cello ensemble. Then, in the second hour, there is a special concert with Quattro, which also includes the cello in its instrumental programming.
Thursday, December 30
Guitars and drums tonight on the Night Train as we mark the birthdays of drummers Jerry Granelli and Lewis Nash, and guitarists Ron Affif and Frank Vignola (including Vignola in a special concert with the Detroit Hot Club in the second hour of the show). We will also hear new releases from Brazilian guitarist Bola Sete, trumpeter Farnell Newton, singer Samara Joy and pianist Eliane Elias (with Chick Corea).