toast of the nation 2009/2010

the bad plus: pianist ethan iverson, drummer dave king and bassist reid anderson. photo by john christenson.

the bad plus: pianist ethan iverson, drummer dave king and bassist reid anderson. photo by john christenson.

One is to hard pressed to offer an evening by the radio as recommended entertainment for New Year’s Eve. But National Public Radio has long been reaching in earnest to jazz fans around the country with live concert broadcasts that make a very good case for staying in as the year concludes.

At the very least, NPR’s Toast of the Nation, which will be carried regionally on WEKU-FM, bids us to check the airwaves from whatever port your New Year’s Eve activities take you tonight.

Here’s the lineup of outstanding live radio jazz on tap for Toast of the Nation:

+ 8 p.m.: Israeli born tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Anat Cohen and her quartet from the Performance Center of the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

+ 9:30 p.m.: Guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli performing his Dear Mr. Sinatra program from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

+ 11 p.m.: The Bad Plus with original trio works and a variety of vintage and recent standards from The Village Vanguard in New York.

+ 12:15 a.m.: New Orleans trumpeter and “cultural ambassador” Irvin Mayfield from The Dakota in Minneapolis.

+ 1:30 a.m.: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy honoring the music of Cab Calloway and more from the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.



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