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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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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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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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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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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Bobby McFerrin's 'spirityouall': Live At Monterey

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The vocal gymnast comes from a musical family — his father was the first African American man to sing at the Metropolitan opera. He sings his own takes on spirituals and then some — with his daughter.

Bobby McFerrin's 'spirityouall': Live At Monterey

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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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Paquito D'Rivera: Live In Chicago

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The Cuban-born reedman has made a career out of crossing genres. So Chicago's Latino Music Festival invited him to perform with jazz and classical musicians, and the Festival's director gets involved.

Paquito D'Rivera: Live In Chicago

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Convergence With Larry Goldings: Live In Denver

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Every month, the Colorado-born sextet of over 20 years gathers from far and wide at the Denver club Dazzle. This particular month, Convergence welcomed a special guest on the Hammond B-3 organ.

Convergence With Larry Goldings: Live In Denver

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Clark Terry Quintet: Live In Chicago

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The legendary trumpeter was in good spirits and excellent form as 1989 became 1990. In this archival Toast of the Nation concert, he leads a band in a program of favorites.

Clark Terry Quintet: Live In Chicago

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John Scofield's Überjam Band: Live At Berklee

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The electric guitarist left college about 40 years ago, and judging from the success of his career, it wasn't a bad decision. Berklee welcomes Scofield back to perform new tunes and old repertoire.

John Scofield's Überjam Band: Live At Berklee

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Henry Cole And The Afrobeat Collective: Live In Concert

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In his native Puerto Rico, a jazz drummer found that his friends could all get down to Fela Kuti. So in New York, Cole assembled an 11-piece band to locate the African heart of Caribbean party music.

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Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band: Live At Monterey Jazz Festival

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The jazz orchestra, brassy and slick, powers through Goodwin's charts from the main stage of the historic festival. Included is a performance of George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue."

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band: Live At Monterey Jazz Festival

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Wynton Marsalis And Vince Giordano: Live In New York

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The New Year's Eve party at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola featured two institutions of New York jazz. They count down to midnight with their interpretations of Louis Armstrong.

Wynton Marsalis And Vince Giordano: Live In New York

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Toast Of The Nation Celebrates 2015

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

Celebrate the New Year with our annual jazz party, featuring six hour-long performances sure to get you ready for 2018.

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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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Toast Of The Nation Rings In 2013

On New Year's Eve, NPR Music and WBGO present a live jazz broadcast from venues coast to coast. Wynton Marsalis, Dee Alexander and John Scofield are scheduled to perform; plus, hear concerts from Chicago, New York and the Monterey Jazz Festival.

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Julian Lage Trio: Live In Concert

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The young guitarist and composer called up top sidemen Eric Harland (drums) and Larry Grenadier (bass) for a New Year's Eve party at his alma mater. Saxophonist Dan Blake also stopped by.

Julian Lage Trio: Live In Concert

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Billy Childs Quartet: Live In Concert

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The pianist and composer is a winner of three Grammy Awards and tours the world leading a chamber ensemble which combines his jazz and classical experience. But Childs rung in 2012 in his hometown.

Billy Childs Quartet: Live In Concert

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Junior Mance Group: Live In Concert

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The pianist counted among his employers Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington and Cannonball Adderley — and that was just the '50s. The bluesy veteran brought a young group to Denver for this concert.

Junior Mance Group: Live In Concert

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A Tribute To Billy Taylor: Live In Concert

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Pianists Geri Allen, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Cyrus Chestnut, Danilo Pérez and Christian Sands were among the all-star cast of musicians who gathered in Washington, D.C. to salute the late pianist.

A Tribute To Billy Taylor: Live In Concert

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