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  • More Toast: Betty Carter introduces JD Allen 12/31/1994

    December 22, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    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:

    Clark Terry

    James Moody

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

  • A slice of Toast - 60 great seconds of Clark Terry 1/1/90

    December 20, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    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:

    Click here for a "slice" of one of our previous toasts, featuring the late James Moody. And tune in for the broadcast next week!

  • James Moody on Piano Jazz

    December 16, 2010. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    As part of WBGO's Love for Moody Week, we will broadcast a repeat of Moody's performance on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz.

    James Moody (2007 by Tom Pich, courtesy NEA)

    NEA Jazz Master James Moody was a saxophonist and flutist who got his first big break playing with Dizzy Gillespie in the 1940s. He continued to work with Gillespie and other greats throughout his long career.  On this Piano Jazz session from 1997, Moody performs his "Moody's Mood For Love," "Con Alma, " and "Giant Steps." James Moody died earlier this month after battling pancreatic cancer.

    Tune in Monday, December 20 at 12:08pm (just after the news) to hear this classic Piano Jazz on WBGO.