Toast of the Nation 2013

Toast of the Nation 2013-14 will make New Year's Eve stops in Boston, Washington DC, New York, Chicago, Denver and the Monterey Jazz Festival!

An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve, 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.

Toast of the Nation is co-produced by WBGO (Becca Pulliam) and NPR Music (Suraya Mohamed) with segments from Berklee College of Music and WGBH Boston, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Jazz Forum Arts, Jazz at Lincoln Center, WFMT Chicago, KUVO Jazz 89 in Denver, and the Monterey Jazz Festival.

You’re invited to six parties, from east to west, with musical fireworks for midnight in all four continental time zones, guided all night by WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton.

About The Performers

Hour One - Boston
Harrison first performed for Berklee and First Night Boston ten years ago.
He returns to his school for the anniversary with party-forward music!
Zaccai Curtis, keyboards
Detroit Brooks, guitar
Max Moran, bass
Joe Dyson, drums

Hour Two – Boston
Cecile McLorin Salvant won the 2012 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition
and released her CD WomanChild in 2013. Aaron Diehl won the 2011 Cole Porter
Fellowship. His 2013 CD is The Bespoke Man's Narrative. Followed by Barry Harris in
honor of the late Mulgrew Miller and Cedar Walton, presented by Jazz Forum Arts

Midnight Eastern Time
"The best of the best" playing straight jazz, blues, bop, New Orleans music, Marsalis’ own extended compositions, and celebrating midnight with a second line parade.
Wess "Warmdaddy" Anderson, alto saxophone
Victor Goines, clarinet
Wycliffe Gordon, trombone
Eric Reed, piano
Reginald Veal, bass
Herlin Riley, drums

Midnight Central Time
From the 2013 Latino Music Festival, international clarinet virtuoso Paquito plays with the Kaia String Quartet plus guests Larry Gray, double bass, and Ernie Adams, drums. Host Barilari promises “plenty of Tango and Brazilian influences and rhythms!”

Midnight Mountain Time
Convergence is creativity based on six long-time friendships and musical connections in Mountain Time. Orchestra leader Maria Schneider writes, “Convergence is phenomenal. . . . each musician is truly unique and extraordinary.” Guest Larry Goldings flies in from LA for this date.
Paul Romaine, drums
Gabe Mervine, trumpet
John Gunther, reeds
Mark Patterson, trombone
Eric Gunnison, piano
Mark Simon, bass

Midnight Pacific Time
Madison and Bobby McFerrin photo by Craig Lovell for the Monterey Jazz Festival

Reviewers say
[The set includes] "Wipeout," the Twist, an exquisitely moving cover of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released," "Whole World" with alternating pronouns … and a front-porch-in-the-holler "25:15" from Psalm 25, verse 15 ... -- Pamela Espeland,

… spirituals in an Americana setting — fiddle, mandolin, accordion and, on a gorgeous vocal duet with his versatile drummer Louis Cato, lap steel guitar …
-- Paul de Barros, Seattle Times

… loose and spot-on … -- Joe Woodard, JazzTimes

With arranger Gil Goldstein on keyboards and special guest Madison McFerrin, vocals

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