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, music from the Vietnam Era as Public Television rolls out the Ken Burns series – plus new music from Diana Krall, JD Allen, Chucho Valdez and Gerry Thrasher.

This week was another dose of the new and nearly new…music from Bill Goodwin and Adam Niewood, more from the Impulse release The Passion of Charlie Parker, plus some tracks from a new CD by guitarist Mike Stern and stretching out with Jaco!



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Music this week brought to you by the likes of John Pizzarelli, Dee Dee Bridgewater, John Lee Hooker, Ella Fitzgerald and Paul Keller.



Music this week from Doc Cheatham, Ella Fitzgerald, Gerry Mulligan, Mr. B...and a full hour in tribute to guitarist John Abercrombie who passed this week at 72.




New releases this week from Dave Stryker and Unhinged Sextet, stretching out with New Grass Revival and classics from Miles & Trane.

And we talked about Mr. B's JoyBox Express and the upcoming Sprint for Flint!