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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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.

Some great vocals from Billy Eckstine, Dinah Washington, Johnny Hartman, Harry Connick, Jr. and Karrin Allyson, plus an incredible jazz jam led by Count Basie and the incomparable drums of Art Blakey on Blue Note and Louis Bellson in concert!