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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This week on "The Beat", David Nicholas brings you Herbie Hancock, The Manhattan Project, Willis Jackson and celebrate 45 years since the historic last concert of The Modern Jazz Quartet!

 This week on "The Beat", new CDs from Vibraphonist Dan McCarthyKiki Valera Son Cubano, Carrie Wicks, Hal Galper and Michael Zilber, plus The Paul Butterfield Blues BandCannonball AdderleyArt Blakey - Blue Note Records and McCoy Tyner!!

Your Saturday gig on The Beat is coming up from noon to 3, saluting the birthdays of George Wallington and Roger Kellaway, plus new music from Randy NapoleonRodney Whitaker and Ginetta's Vendetta...and David's interview with Patrick Barnitt!

Ahead today from noon to three on The Beat, we remember Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and drummer Ginger Baker -- stuff for Halloween from Howlin' Wolf, Dr. John, Jimi Hendrix and Spooky Tooth, plus CD debuts from Joshua RedmanTodd Mosby MusicJackie Allen and Michigan's own Randy Napoleon!

This week on "The Beat", Thelonious Monk paired with Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins, Carmen McRae singing Monk, Kevin Mahogany singing Charles Mingus plus Jimmy HeathThornetta Davis and the pairing of Paul Desmond and Jim Hall!