Coming up this week on The Beat, CD debuts from Nicki Parrott, John Pizzarelli, Nnenna Freelon, and Brent Jensen, plus we remember trombone great Curtis Fuller with sessions by him as leader, and in the company of The Jazztet, Yusef Lateef, Art Blakey, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, and John Coltrane! Join David Nicholas, Saturday from 1-4!

There has been plenty to discuss since the release of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom last year. It tells the story of August Wilson and other Black Americans in the 20th century who fled the south and headed north. The film was adapted from a play by Wilson, directed by George C.

Natasha Cobbs Leonard began singing early, performing "I Believe Children Are Our Future" at a cousin's kindergarten graduation while she was still in grade school, though she had a longer road towards realizing the scope of her now-obvious gift. "After that, I literally did not sing lead in front of a crowd until I was 15 years old."

John Hiatt is one of America's songwriting treasures. His work has been covered by dozens of artists over the years, including Bob Dylan and Bonnie Raitt. Hiatt's 22nd studio album finds him teaming with another legendary musician, Jerry Douglas.

This week on Destination Out, Mike features The Lost Atlantic Album: Metaphysics by Hasaan Ibn Ali.