Toast Of The Nation NPR's annual New Year's Eve special celebrates with live jazz and blues performances, including sets from Wynton Marsalis, Jon Batiste and Dee Alexander.

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Ring In The New Year With Jazz

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Celebrate the New Year from Blue Note venues around the world. The lineup includes The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Joshua Redman and Brad Meldau, Fred Hersch, Ron Carter, Buika and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

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Toast Of The Nation 2016

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Hear a playlist of complete jazz concerts from Clark Terry, Snarky Puppy, Anat Cohen, Wycliffe Gordon, Dianne Reeves, Wynton Marsalis and more to ring in the new year.

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Live In Los Angeles

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With its newest album, the swing revivalists honor a clear pioneer to their dance-friendly approach: Bandleader Cab Calloway. Lead singer Scotty Morris leads the band from Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy In Concert

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Wynton Marsalis Group: Live In Concert

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By necessity, the early jazz pioneers knew how to make music for revelers. So it made sense that Marsalis put the tunes of Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver on the bill for this New Year's Eve bash.

Wynton Marsalis Group In Concert

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Dee Alexander's Funkin' With Electric Soul: Live In Chicago

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An impromptu bongo beat became a full-on tribute to James Brown, and suddenly a band had a new repertoire. A powerful and versatile vocalist, Alexander and her ensemble honor the Godfather of Soul.

Dee Alexander's Funkin' With Electric Soul In Concert

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Highlights From Winter Jazzfest 2014

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For one weekend each January, the epicenter of the New York jazz community is a marathon two-night downtown festival. Hear from Donald Harrison, Gretchen Parlato, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and more.

Highlights From Winter Jazzfest 2014

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Jon Batiste And Stay Human, Live In Concert

Following a high-energy main stage set — filled with turbocharged versions of standards, rags and his own party anthems — the young pianist and singer brought his band out into the audience.

Jon Batiste And Stay Human In Concert

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Wynton Marsalis Septet: Live In New York

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Much as families reunite for holidays, Jazz at Lincoln Center's artistic director convened his own reunion of sorts at the end of the year. His working band of the '90s came together to ring in 2014.

Wynton Marsalis Septet: Live In New York

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Cecile McLorin Salvant: Live In Washington, D.C.

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A 24-year-old with a taste for finely aged songs, the vocalist was one of the breakout jazz stars of 2013. Accompanied by pianist Aaron Diehl's trio, she performs at the Mary Lou Williams Festival.

Cecile McLorin Salvant: Live In Washington, D.C.

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Donald Harrison Quintet: Live At Berklee

A Jazz Messenger, a Young Lion, a New Orleans torchbearer, a mentor for new talent: when leading bands, the "King of Nouveau Swing" merges all that and more.

Donald Harrison Quintet: Live At Berklee

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