Toast of the Nation

WNCU will ring in the new year with our yearly broadcast of Toast of the Nation.

It begins at 8pm on Dec. 31 and goes until 4am on Jan. 1 with an all-star lineup for the entire program.

8pm – The Julian Lage Trio with Larry Grenadier and Eric Harland
Live from Berklee Performance Center, Berklee College of Music, Boston, produced by WGBH Boston.

9pm – Highlights from the Newport Jazz Festival

10pm – A Tribute to Billy Taylor Featuring Music Director Geri Allen, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Cyrus Chestnut, Danilo Perez, Christian Sands, trumpeter Terence Blanchard, vocalist Carmen Lundy and more…From the Eisenhower Theater of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

11pm – Wynton Marsalis
Live from Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, with a special

12:30am – Sing The Truth! Lizz Wright, Angelique Kidjo, and Dianne Reeves
From the 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival, the music of Mahalia Jackson, Miriam Makeba, Tracy Chapman, Ani DiFranco, Abbey Lincoln, Odetta and more, Musical Director TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON.

1:30am – The Junior Mance Quintet
From Boppin’ at the Vineyard with KUVO, Denver.

2am – The Billy Childs Quartet with Bob Sheppard, Tim Lefevbre and Gary Novak
Live from The Blue Whale in Los Angeles with MC Dee Dee Bridgewater of JazzSet.

3:30am – Highlights from Newport

4am – Julian Lage, Larry Grenadier, Eric Harland in Boston

5am – The Party’s Over Wbgo Repeats Toast of the Nation New Year’s Day