• Toast of the Nation Highlights

    February 4, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    An annual production of WBGO

    The Lionel Loueke Trio on New Year's Eve
    photo by Paul Marotta

    This week, the European Broadcasting Union aired a 90-minute program of highlights from the 2010/2011 edition of Toast of the Nation.

    We thought that anyone who missed out the first time might want to check it out, so we've posted it here in all its glory. And if you didn't catch the whole thing the first time around, this is a great chance to hear the rest of the music.

    The lineup includes performances in New York, Washington, Boston, Chicago, Denver and San Francisco. You'll hear a wide range of music, from Lionel Loueke (pictured) to Jon Faddis to Von Freeman to Dianne Reeves.

    (East Coasters who had passed out by 3 am: check out the Dianne Reeves set from Yoshi's.)

    Without further ado, highlights from New Year's 2011 Toast of the Nation, as heard by our friends in Europe:

    Part I:

    Part II:

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