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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 on The Beat is Saturdays, 1-4!! This week, Dave Brubeck in the studio and on stage in concert, plus program 3 in the 13-part series, "Jazz Singers" in the 3:00 hour!!
  • The mix for your gig on The Beat this Saturday from 1-4 will feature some brand new CDs, classic vinyl featuring the late trombonist Grachan Moncour III and, in the 3:00 hour, Program 2 of the 13-part series Jazz Singers!!
  • Coming up Saturday from 1-4 on The Beat, great vocals from Nnenna Freelon Karrin Allyson and Michigan's Sheila Landis plus, starting this week in our 3:00 hour, the 13-part series, "Jazz Singers."
  • David Nicholas' mix for your gig is back Saturday afternoon from 1-4 with some debuts to share and in the 2:00 hour, music and conversation with the legendary Stix Hooper!
  • Coming up on the mix for your gig this Saturday from 1-4, David has, well, a mixed bag, including Flint's own Betty Carter!!
  • On The Beat this Saturday, David has some more tracks from new CDs, classic Lonnie Smith and Sonny Rollins, plus a tribute to Tina Brooks from Skip Walker!!
  • Coming up this Saturday, it's Graduation Day at CMU -- we have some awesome students finishing their college careers!! We'll send them out with a full three hours of NEW MUSIC -- including Michigan guitarist Randy Napoleon!
  • Join David for the mix Saturday at one...guitarist Gabor Szabo was hip to the 60s rock scene -- his music bookends a connection between The Doors and The Monkees!!!
  • Saturday at one on The Beat, Join David for new music from Jeremy Pelt, a new tribute to guitarist Pat Martino -- we'll also remember pianist Jessica Williams and bassist Charnett Moffett--plus mark the centennial of Charles Mingus!!
  • For this week's mix on The Beat, David has Dodo Greene, Count Basie, brand new Carol Sloane, more recently released vocals from Cathy Segal-Garcia, Nicki Parrot, and Karen Marguth, plus Terence Blanchard's Malcolm X Suite!!