Toast Of The Nation 2022
As we mark another 365 days around the sun, it's time for some reflection and glorious celebration. This year we have a whole lot to be thankful for, including our ability to enjoy live music again.
For our annual Toast of the Nation party, we present five powerhouse performances: The Quinteto Astor Piazzolla celebrates the centennial of Argentina's legendary late composer (recorded live at the Musical Instruments Museum), the Brandee Younger Quartet offers healing vibrations on an outside farm (recorded live at the Arts Center at Duck Creek), organ phenom Cory Henry fires up his sold-out audience in New York (recorded live at The Blue Note Jazz Club), trumpeter Keyon Harrold takes his quintet home for a heartfelt performance (recorded live at Jazz St. Louis) and the Louis Cole Big Band creates a wild dance party in halls of Los Angeles, Amsterdam, and Paris.
Hosted by Jazz Night In America's Christian McBride, we showcase the superpower of music and its ability to bring folks together for the hope of a brighter future.
Set 1 of 5
Argentina's most beloved composer of the 20th century — the late Astor Piazzolla — celebrated the 100th anniversary of his birth in 2021. To commemorate the occasion, The Astor Piazzolla Foundation based in Buenos Aires configured a group of today's finest "nuevo tango" players to pay homage to the maestro. They assembled the Quinteto Astor Piazzolla, which features Piazzolla's preferred vehicle of expression: bandoneón, piano, acoustic bass, violin, and electric guitar. This invigorating program explores both familiar and obscure selections in Piazzolla's deep repertoire of dances and compositions, at a concert recorded at the Musical Instruments Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.
Musicians: Pablo Mainetti, bandoneón; Serdar Geldymuradov, violin; Armando de la Vega, guitar; Bárbara Varassi Peg, piano; Daniel Falasca, bass
Engineering from Clayton Melocik and Neil Tevault. Special thanks to Patrick Murphy, Cindy Byram, and AnneMarie Martins.
Set 2 of 5
The harpist Brandee Younger has a natural way of bringing people together. Perhaps it's the soothing vibrations of her instrument, or her hypnotic compositions and arrangements.
This outdoor concert from the Arts Center at Duck Creek in Long Island, NY stands out for its particularly good vibrations.
Musicians: Brandee Younger, harp; Allan Mednard, drums; Rashaan Carter, bass; Anne Drummond, flute
Special thanks to Jess Frost, Peter Watrous, Jess Weber, and sound engineer Rafael Alvarez.
Set 3 of 5
It's hard to think of a better artist to ring in the new year with than the organ phenom Cory Henry. He brought his trio to a sold-out crowd at the Blue Note Jazz Club in his hometown of New York City. They performed fresh renditions of songs from their critically-acclaimed album First Steps, originally released in 2014.
Musicians: Cory Henry, organ; Shajuan Andrews, drums; Josh Easley, bass
Music recorded and mixed by Eric Parker.
Set 4 of 5
Keyon Harrold brings his quintet home to Jazz St. Louis, where the trumpeter and composer currently serves as its Creative Advisor. There, he organizes workshops, community education programs, and curates many of its concerts. The Ferguson-born brassman performs a heartfelt concert that conjures a sing-along with his exuberant audience.
Musicians: Keyon Harrold, trumpet; Shedrick Mitchell, piano; Charles Haynes, drums; Nir Felder, guitar; and Burniss Travis, bass
The music was recorded and mixed by Paul Hennerich.
Set 5 of 5
Louis Cole leads one of the most irreverent, fun, and brilliant jazz big bands on the scene today. But don't let the good times fool you, his arrangements are as intricate as they are funky. The multi-instrumentalist (drums, keys, and vocals) leads his 15-piece ensemble (all wearing skeleton costumes) in dance halls recorded in Los Angeles, Amsterdam, and Paris.
Musicians: Louis Cole Trio: Louis Cole, drums, keys, vocals; Chris Fishman, piano, keys; Nate Wood, drums, bass
All songs written, arranged, and mixed by Louis Cole.
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