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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New releases this week from Dave Stryker and Unhinged Sextet, stretching out with New Grass Revival and classics from Miles & Trane.

And we talked about Mr. B's JoyBox Express and the upcoming Sprint for Flint!



Almost two hours of new releases on the show this week…plus remembering guitarist Chuck Loeb who recently passed. Looking back too with Hank Mobley, Herbie Mann and The Harper Brothers.



This week on The Beat, a tribute to veteran record producer and label manager Joe Fields who passed away last month at age 88.  He founded Muse, Highnote and Savant Records and worked with Richie Cole, Phil Woods, Kenny Barron, Pat Martino, Willis Jackson and many others.



This week I previewed some of the Lansing Jazz Festival artists, including a brand new release from Paul Keller’s At Sundown Quintet. There is also a tribute to Detroit pianist Geri Allen. She recently lost her battle with cancer and died at age 60.

It was 50 years ago this weekend when an after-hours bar bust ignited five awful days in Detroit. Forty three people were killed – over 1,000 injured and the property damage was into the millions.  For most, the Motor City has never fully recovered.

David Nicholas featured music from both Sonny Rollins and Sonny Clark.  Other featured artists included Grant Green and Art Farmer.

After the heat of Summer Dance Party 2017 last week, some cool Charlie Parker tunes – vocal versions from a brand new CD.  I’m also happy to share new discs from Barbara Morrison and J.D. Allen.

Some classic vinyl too – cuts from Paul Gonsalves, Alphonso Johnson, Stan Getz, Grant Green and more!



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This week on The Beat, we heard our annual Summer Dance Party themed music.  Featured artists included Johnny Otis, Bob Segar, Lee Dorsey, Otis Redding and many more!


This week on the Beat, we heard sounds from the past fifty years of WCMU Public Media.  We heard past themes from Nightside Jazz and Blues from the past.  We also heard music from Ella Fitzgerald, Sonny Stitt, Dizzy Gillespie and Harry Connick Jr.


1967 was quite a year – The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper and that kicked off The Summer of Love.  Only a few weeks later came the Monterey International Pop Festival which made superstars out of Otis Redding, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.

I wanted to catch all of that lightning in one bottle and feature some great jazz releases recorded that year too.  Enjoy, and Dig – it’s groovy!!!