• 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:

  • We're on the air tonight in Europe

    January 28, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.


    A 90-min compilation of our New Year's Eve special airs tonight at 9:30pm GMT on national radio in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Sweden.

  • Billy Taylor at WBGO

    December 31, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    "Dr T" came to try out the station's new Steinway. I think he likes the piano. He runs through the entire keyboard! This comes from the late 1980s.

    I hope you can listen to Toast of the Nation at 9pm Fri 12/31 and 3pm Sat 1/1 for a 30-minute remembrance of Dr Billy Taylor (1921-2010), hosted by Rhonda Hamilton. Dr Taylor invited Rhonda to host a live New Year's broadcast on NPR in 1979. She speaks about how much that meant to her, and we hear clips from some of his many NPR shows.