• Slices of Toast: New Year's at the Green Mill 1993

    December 27, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.


    At 12:15am ET New Year's morning, Toast of the Nation will be live from The Green Mill, the famed speakeasy of old Chicago.  And it won't be our first time there.  On 12/31/1993, we broadcast Reginald Robinson and John Weber playing two pianos behind and above the bar.  Very dramatic.

    Reginald Robinson composes ragtime piano pieces.  Jon Weber recently has guest-hosted several editions  of Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz.

    From New Year's Eve 1993, here is Robinson's "The Strongman," back-announced by Weber.  Hear that happy Green Mill crowd then and again this Friday night/Saturday morning, ringing in 2011 Central Time.

    10 10 27 Green Mill Lounge

    For more, click below for some "slices" of our previous toasts:

    Clark Terry

    James Moody

    Betty Carter & JD Allen

    The Bad Plus (JazzSet)

    And tune in to your local NPR station for this year's broadcast!

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