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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CMU's Jazz Weekend marks 45 years on Feb 1 & 2!! This week on The Beat, a look back and a preview of this year's festival with guest artist -- trombonist Andy Martin.

New music from Tony DeSare and Edward Decker, more from the new CDs from Chick Corea-Steve Gadd and Pat Martino, classics from Bud Powell and Horace Terri Lynn Carrington covers the classic one-off date "Money Jungle" recorded by Ellington, Mingus and Roach!

Our first batch of all new stuff for 2018 on The Beat this week...Michigan's own Sunny Wilkinson, vibraphonist Steve Hobbs, saxophonist Steve Slagle and a great pairing, the Chick Corea-Steve Gadd Band!

Happy 2018 from The Beat!!! New music from Pat Martino -- classics from Shirley Horn, Pat Metheny and Miles Davis and we remember vocalist Kevin Mahogany who passed away in late December.

To close out 2017, one last spin of Organissimo's live disc from this year, plus classic '57 Village Vanguard music from Sonny Rollins and classic '72 live material from Rock HOFers Yes!