David Nicholas

Music Director and Host

Hired in 1990 at WCMU, David served for 11 years as the main host of "Nightside Jazz and Blues." He was named News Director and served as local "Morning Edition" host in 2001, winning several awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, and played a role in winning "Station of the Year" in 2003.

In October 2015, David was tapped to be WCMU's music director. That same month, he launched "Mosaic," a daily music show that also focuses heavily on the arts. The title comes from the idea that WCMU has become a cultural center for those making, featuring and celebrating art in central and northern Michigan. 

David is also the host of 'The Beat,' airing Saturdays from 11am to 2pm. 'The Beat' is a weekly mix of jazz, blues, and more.

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Some great vocals from Billy Eckstine, Dinah Washington, Johnny Hartman, Harry Connick, Jr. and Karrin Allyson, plus an incredible jazz jam led by Count Basie and the incomparable drums of Art Blakey on Blue Note and Louis Bellson in concert!

This week on The Beat, classic '62 music on Impulse! from Basie and Ellington plus new music from John Coliani, David Garfield, The Lao Tizer Band covering U2 and Zeppelin and Eliane Elias plays Man of La Mancha on her new CD!

Coming up this week on The Beat, the latest from Chick Corea paired with Steve Gadd plus new releases from Tom Harrell, Hal Galper and the late Woody Shaw. We'll also be be mellow and swing with live recordings from the great Dexter Gordon!

This week on The Beat, new music from the Mica Bethea Big Band and new covers of Adelle from Hart, Scone & Albin, plus live Weather Report and Joe Henderson and classic fusion from Miles Davis!

This week in our mix, new music from Bill Warfield and Ray Brown, Jr. – plus classic 1958 Blue Note from Cannonball Adderley and Curtis Fuller…and a Blue Note look back to ’68 from Herbie Hancock!