Toast of the Nation 2011

Count down, sing along, and dance to live music all night long. Travel from coast to coast with four celebrations of midnight from time zone to time zone. It's the perfect holiday special for any New Year's event. Spirited, improvised, grooving, and swinging, with strings, horns, voices and drums, each segment is a stop in a sequence of parties, each one contributing something new to the musical feast. WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton anchors, with additional voices along the way.

Toast of the Nation continues until 5am. This special is co-produced by WBGO Jazz 88 in Newark and NPR Music.

Program Rundown

Here's the latest rundown, with four midnights from coast to coast.

* 8pm ET: Live from Berklee Performance Space, Berklee College of Music, Boston, The Julian Lage Trio. NPR's A Blog Supreme names the guitarist's CD Gladwell -- only his second CD -- one of the "Best of 2011 So Far." Produced by WGBH Boston.
* 9pm ET: Highlights from the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival from NPR Music's full coverage of 20 sets over two fantastic days.
* 10pm ET: From the Eisenhower Theater of the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, A Tribute to Billy Taylor features Toshiko Akiyoshi, Geri Allen (Music Director), Cyrus Chestnut, Danilo Perez, Christian Sands, trumpeter Terence Blanchard, and vocalist Carmen Lundy.
* 11pm ET: Live from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Wynton Marsalis with a special celebration of the music of Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver, joyfully reaffirming New Orleans' rich musical traditions.
* 12:30 am ET: From the 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival, Sing the Truth! Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves, and Lizz Wright. Three awesome voices sing songs of empowerment and love, for a huge crowd on the opening night of the festival. Music by Mahalia Jackson, Tracy Chapman, Ani DiFranco, Abbey Lincoln, Odetta, Miriam Makeba, and more.
* 1:30 am ET: From Boppin' at the Vineyard with KUVO, Denver, The Junior Mance Quintet features the veteran bluesy pianist and his young group. Down Beat magazine says their recent recording "makes you wish that Junior Mance was playing in your town tonight."
* 2am ET: Live from The Blue Whale in Los Angeles, The Billy Childs Quartet. The winner of three Grammy Awards and a Guggenheim Fellowship, just off a fall 2011 European tour with his Jazz/Chamber Ensemble, pianist Billy Childs rings in 2012 Pacific Time with a group of friends at the new live jazz and art space in downtown LA.
* 3:30am ET: Music til 4:59am,

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