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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. 

Latest Episodes
  • The mix for your gig is every Saturday from 1-4 on The Beat -- this week, brand new from Carmela Rappazzo, Hiromi, plus more from DeAndre Lettsome, Randy Napoleon & Yoko Miwa! Plus music from and an interview with Jane Ira Bloom & Allison Miller!!
  • Catch The Beat with David Nicholas, Saturdays from 1-4!! This week -- new releases from DeAndre Lettsome, Jim Snidero, Houston Person, and Angel Roman, plus Eric Bibb, Guy Davis and more!!!
  • The Beat has the Mix for Your Gig every Saturday from 1-4!! Join David this week for new guitar work from Randy Napoleon Music, new blues too from Eric Bibb, and the first listen to the new disc by Karen Marguth, vocalist...plus Bobby Timmons, Wes Montgomery, Tina Brooks, Spyro Gyra, Special EFX and more from the 2018 reunion of The Akoustic Band led by Chick Corea.
  • Catch The Beat with David Nicholas every Saturday from 1-4...this week...Detroit's RJ Spängler covers Louis Jordan plus Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Count Basie, Abbey Lincoln, Eliane Elias Music and Chucho Valedes, and Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, and a look back 30 years to the debut from Straight Ahead!!!
  • Coming up Saturday from 1-4, join David Nicholas for The Beat...this week, the last of summer with Ray Brown and the classic pairing of Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd, looking back 50 years with Charles Mingus, a reunion of Randy & Michael Brecker, and, just released, the 2018 reunion of Chick Corea Akoustic Band as a tribute to the jazz giant!!
  • This week on The Beat, tracks from debuts from Mark Zeleski, Nicole Glover, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra and Eliane Elias Music paired with Chucho Valdés Oficial and Chick Corea ! Join David Nicholas Saturday beginning at 1!!
  • Join David Nicholas for The Beat each Saturday from 1-4...this week, Michigan trumpeter Kerry Moffit, Joey Alexander, Andrew Cyrille, and a reissue of rare music from Alice Coltrane, plus tracks from the new release, "Overpass," from bassist Marc Johnson and my interview with him
  • Join David Nicholas for The Beat each Saturday from 1-4...this week, Michigan trumpeter Kerry Moffit, Joey Alexander, Andrew Cyrille, and a reissue of rare music from Alice Coltrane, plus tracks from the new release, "Overpass," from bassist Marc Johnson and my interview with him
  • On The Beat this week -- CD debuts from Greg Johnson, Lisa Hilton & Joy on Fire , plus classic blues from Wynonie Harris, Forrest Sykes, Howlin' Wolf and Little Milton, and to ring out August, Blue Note at 60 with Freddie Hubbard's Ready for Freddie Join David Nicholas Saturday from 1-4 pm!!
  • Coming up Saturday from 1-4 on The Beat -- CD debuts from guitarist Chris Standring & harpist @Brandee Younger -- also Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong -- their first session on Verve Records in '56, Jaki Byard, & Chick Corea -- plus Dave Brubeck & John Coltrane in memory of Zeus