The Beat

Saturdays Noon-3pm

'The Beat' is a weekly mix of jazz, blues and much more. Each week, host David Nicholas plays selections from WCMU's extensive record and CD library, and brings in some of his own favorite albums from home. 

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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!

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!

Coming up on The Beat -- Big Band swing from Louie Bellson -- Classic 1958 Blue Note sessions from Lee Morgan, Sonny Clark and Jimmy Smith -- and also from '58, The Irving Berlin Songbook from Ella Fitzgerald!


The spotlight is Michigan's New Reformation Band. They've traveled the country and the world with classic jazz for close to fifty years. They are part of the 15th Annual Saginaw on Stage Festival on March 9. Music from the NRB and studio time with their founder, Dave Oppermann.