The Beat

Saturdays 1pm - 4pm

'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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  Join David Nicholas for The Beat, Saturday from 1-4 -- music from Johnny Hodges, Toshiko Akioshi, John Hicks, & Bud Powell -- plus Blue Note at 60 from Freddie Hubbard, Dexter Gordon & Art Blakey !!

Saxophonist Joe Lovano debuted his Tapestry Trio in 2019. The group, including Marilyn Crispell on piano and Carmen Castaldi on drums has a new CD on ECM records, “Garden of Expression.”  Lovano spoke with David Nicholas, host of The Beat, about the new recording and his career in music.

Entropy Stereo

New music is out from Michigan’s Northwoods Improvisers. The new CD, “Raft” is their first since the death in 2012 of longtime saxophonist Faruq Z. Bey.  The group now has two saxophonists, Dominic Bierenga and Donovan Boxey, both graduates from Central Michigan University’s School of Music. David Nicholas spoke with them and bassist and founding member Mike Johnston, WCMU’s host for Destination Out about the evolution of the band and the new release.

This week on The Beat: Join David Nicholas for some great debuts Saturday from 1-4pm on The Beat: listen for Grete Skarpeid, Greg Yasinitsky, Meridian Odyssey, and Quincy Davis, plus a brand new recording from pianist Hal Galper recorded in Berlin in '77 with Randy Brecker and Michael Brecker !!

This week on "The Beat", David Nicholas at 30 (I wish) but it has been 30 years with WCMU. We'll dig some favorites from Chris Connor, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Lee Morgan, Grant Green and Oscar Peterson from the first LP played from David's first Nightside gig in 1990!!