Toast of the Nation 2012
An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is perfect for the occasion. It's jazz that you can party to, all night from coast to coast, with countdowns to midnight in all four continental time zones. Spirited, improvised, grooving and swinging, each segment is a stop in a sequence of celebrations and contributing something new to the musical feast. WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton anchors the show.
Our headliner Wynton Marsalis rings in 2013 Eastern Time playing the music of Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives & Sevens, live from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Toast of the Nation continues until 5am. This special is co-produced by WBGO Jazz 88 in Newark and NPR Music.
Here's the latest rundown, with four midnights from coast to coast.
2100 ET: John Scofield LIVE with his Überjam Band at Berklee Performance Center, thanks to 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio
2200 ET: Henry Cole And The Afrobeat Collective from 92Y Tribeca, presented by The Checkout from WBGO
2300 ET: Wynton Marsalis: The Louis Armstrong Continuum -- Music of the Hot Five's and Seven's; LIVE at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center
0030 ET: Dee Alexander's Funkin' with Electric Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix and James Brown, at the South Shore Cultural Center, presented by the Jazz Institute of Chicago
0130 ET: TBA
0230 ET: Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band from Los Angeles, presented by the 55th Monterey Jazz Festival
0315 ET: John Scofield Überband
0400 ET: Henry Cole And The AfroBeat Collective