December 22, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.
For over 30 years, WBGO has rung in the New Year with Toast of the Nation. As we gear up for this year's broadcast, Senior Producer Becca Pulliam is digging up some gems from the archives of past shows. Next up, Betty Carter in 1994:
The show begins and Betty Carter (1929-98) says, Happy New Year! Why do we have to think about all these years? A bittersweet moment to hear it now, as she did not have many more to live. But on this night, she offers to the time gods a young band of Xavier Davis on piano, Eric Revis on bass, Will Terrell III on drums, and two soloists - Peven Everett on trumpet and John D. Allen on tenor.
Listening back, I love "You're Mine" from the early set. JD's tenor solo must have made BC very happy. Listen.
This New Year's Eve on a Toast of the Nation set from Denver, JD leads his trio with guest Ron Miles on trumpet and a cameo from Henry Butler on piano. Starting at 1:15am ET.
Click below for some "slices" of our previous toasts:
And tune in to your local NPR station for this year's broadcast!
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December 20, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.
For over 30 years, WBGO has rung in the New Year with Toast of the Nation. As we gear up for this year's broadcast, Senior Producer Becca Pulliam is digging up some gems from the archives of past shows. Next up, Clark Terry:
20 years ago, we were in Chicago at the Jazz Showcase in the Blackstone Hotel. Fierce cold had frozen the lake and the city to a brittle snap. Here's how Clark Terry (tpt) and Red Holloway (sax) played through it - weaving around in traffic and coming to a sweet standstill at the end. One of my very favorites. Listen:
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December 15, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.
WBGO has been co-producing live all-night cross-country New Year's Eve specials with NPR since at least Dec 31 1982.
In 1984, James Moody opened his live NYE set from Sweet Basil in NYC with "Moody's Mood." He sounds fabulous from the git-go. I don't know why (I think it's the rhythm in which he delivers them) but my favorite five words are always ".. and then the girl says .."
Harold Mabern, Todd Coolman and Eddie Gladden are on piano, bass and drums. More great live NYE moments to come. Check back often, and tune into the broadcast this New Year's!
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