WRUR 88.5 Different Radio

Toast of the Nation

Tuesday 12/31 @ 9PM - Wednesday 01/01 4:59 AM
  • Hosted by Rhonda Hamilton

An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is the perfect audio complement for the occasion. It's jazz that you can party to, all night long with four countdowns to midnight and four different renditions of "Auld Lang Syne" in all continental time zones. Spirited, improvised, grooving and swinging, each segment is a stop in a sequence of celebrations, contributing something new to the musical feast. Eight hours of music will start at 9pm and continue throughout the night until 5am. Listeners will hear the energy of infused live concerts featuring Anat Cohen, Wycliffe Gordon, The Wynton Marsalis Quintet, Clark Terry, Snarky Puppy, and Dianne Reeves. We'll also hear a special Allen Toussaint tribute at 3:30 AM. Toast of the Nation is hosted by WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton. 

9 PM - 10 PM       Anat Cohen 

10 PM - 11 PM     Wycliffe Gordon

11 PM - 1230 AM  Wynton Marsalis

130 AM - 230 AM  Snarky Puppy 

230 AM - 330 AM  Diane Reeves

330 AM -  4 AM     Allen Toussaint Tribute

4 AM - 5 AM          Wycliffe Gordon (Encore)

An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is the perfect audio complement for the occasion. It's jazz that you can party to, all night long with four countdowns to midnight and four different renditions of "Auld Lang Syne" in all continental time zones. Spirited, improvised, grooving and swinging, each segment is a stop in a sequence of celebrations, contributing something new to the musical feast. Eight hours of music will start at 9pm and continue throughout the night until 5am.