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, David Nicholas spins tunes from pianist Brad Mehldau, new music from Joshua Redman, and revisits some classic blues tracks from Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson II.

The Beat: May 26, 2018

May 26, 2018

This week on The Beat, new music from Bill Anschell, Ben Markley and Bongwool Lee plus classics from Herbie Mann and The Crusaders. And a Memorial Day remembrance from The Mills Brothers, The Andrews Sisters and Glenn Miller!

This week from noon to 3 on The Beat, small group and swing from Bechet and Basie plus two features -- Randy Weston's 1989 "Portraits" recordings and from this week in '58, Kenny Burrell's "Blue Lights".

David Nicholas has classics from The Mel Lewis Orchestra, Dave Holland and The Hanna-Fontana Band, along with new recordings from Monica Herzig, The Project H and the debut of the latest from guitar legend Al Di Meola!

David Nicholas has a tribute to Bob Dorough, classics from Cannonball Adderley, Hank Mobley, Sonny Rollins and Lee Morgan plus new music from Kat Edmonson, Erin McDougald and Manhattan Transfer.