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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For your Holiday Weekend, The Beat came up with some great Michigan Music from Sheila Landis, The New Reformation Dixieland Band and others.


Plus some great new music – more from Chick Corea’s new release, The Musician, Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7 and debuts from the late Jaco Pastorious and Randy Brecker!!!  I wanted a mix that could go with you in the car, or around home on a holiday weekend.  Enjoy!




Lots of new releases in the last couple of weeks on The Beat -- a few more this week as we debut CDs from Sylvia Brooks, Tigran Hamasyian, Ray Mantilla and Yoko Miwa.


If it’s a show with not all new material, like for this one, I changed up the feel from Yoko Miwa and her piano trio to the Simone vocal and that flowed to Miles and Gil and on to Ellington and Basie.  And that just led nicely into vocal with big band and back to another new disc from vocalist Sylvia Brooks.


Gifts for mom? Maybe, if she digs great jazz!! More of the new and nearly new CDs this week on The Beat.

We'll hear more from the triple disc of Chick Corea, plus Matt Kane, Oscar Hernandez, Tom Rizzo, Mason Razavi and Diana Krall!


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This week on 'The Beat,' we're featuring some great new music from Diana Krall, Pete Siers, and Sarah Partidge. We're also hearing a new three-disc set from David Friessen, and hear from the Great Chick Corea.