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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Happy 100th Birthdays to Monk & Diz, plus new stuff, AND, some music for Halloween weekend!

New releases this week on The Beat, including the latest from Lansing's Organissimo, Richie Cole, Errol Rackipov and more...

Another great go round of Jazz, Blues & More on The Beat...Basie, Ellington, Phil Woods, Eliane Elias and a pair of "cookbook" classics from Eddie Lockjaw Davis!

First Saturday in our new slot, noon to 3...some classic Verve label ballads from Tal Farlow, Sarah Vaughan, Billy Eckstine and Johnny Hartman, plus Great Performances on WCMU TV will present Grammy Legends 2017 -- Nina Simone, Ahmad Jamal and Sly & the Family Stone!

This week, the latest from George Cables, new music from Paula Cole covering Bobby Gentry and Dylan (plus Dylan too in a stretched out set) and Volume Two of the late Woody Shaw and his band from the European Tour of 1976-77.

Thanks for the great support around The Beat this week!!  Great to have Ray Ford back to talk music and listen to really cool jazz, blues and more!!

This week on The Beat, music from the Vietnam Era as Public Television rolls out the Ken Burns series – plus new music from Diana Krall, JD Allen, Chucho Valdez and Gerry Thrasher.

This week was another dose of the new and nearly new…music from Bill Goodwin and Adam Niewood, more from the Impulse release The Passion of Charlie Parker, plus some tracks from a new CD by guitarist Mike Stern and stretching out with Jaco!



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Music this week brought to you by the likes of John Pizzarelli, Dee Dee Bridgewater, John Lee Hooker, Ella Fitzgerald and Paul Keller.



Music this week from Doc Cheatham, Ella Fitzgerald, Gerry Mulligan, Mr. B...and a full hour in tribute to guitarist John Abercrombie who passed this week at 72.