• Toast Of The Nation 2017

    December 30, 2016

    The Fred Hersch Trio performs at Blue Note Beijing on Oct. 28, 2016. (Image Credit: Zhang Dongdong)

    The New Year holiday tradition continues with the Toast of the Nation jazz party. Spirited, improvised and swinging, each hour was recorded live at Blue Note venues throughout the country and the world.

    With a new format this year, there are no countdowns to midnight. Instead, you can enjoy six solid hours of music, right for any time of the day or night — complete with festive Happy New Year messages throughout. Hosted by Christian McBride, this is the perfect complement to your holiday festivities.

    Hear Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau from Blue Note Tokyo, Buika from B.B. King Blues in Times Square, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band from Blue Note Hawaii, the sultry Dee Dee Bridgewater from Blue Note Napa, the Ron Carter Quartet from Blue Note New York and pianist Fred Hersch from Blue Note Beijing.

    Toast of The Nation 2017

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      Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau

      Joshua Redman, saxophone; Brad Mehldau, piano. Recorded at Blue Note Tokyo Oct. 13, 2016.

      Set List:


      Let's Call This

      My Ideal

      The Oneness of Two (in Three)

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      Buika, vocals; Josué Rodriguez Fernandez, bass/backup vocals; Michel Ferré, keyboard/backup vocals; Santiago Cañada Valverde, trombone/backup vocals; Alexis Arce, drums/percussion/backup vocals; Ahmed "King" Barroso, music director/guitar/vocals; Ramón Porrina, cajon/percussion/backup vocals. Recorded at B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square on Oct. 13, 2016.

      Set List:

      Vivir sin miedo

      Si volveré




      En el último trago


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      The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

      Roger Lewis, baritone sax; Gregory Davis, trumpet; Kevin Harris, tenor sax; Efrem Towns, trumpet/flugelhorn; Kirk Joseph, sousaphone; Julian Addison, drums; Takeshi Shimmura, guitar. Recorded at Blue Note Hawaii on Oct. 11, 2016.

      Set List:

      It's All Over Now

      Mardi Gras In New Orleans

      Paul Barbarin's Secondline

      E Flat Blues

      When The Saints Go Marching In


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      Dee Dee Bridgewater

      Dee Dee Bridgewater, vocals; Edsel Gomez, piano; Michael Bowie, bass; Kenny Phelps, drums. Recorded at Blue Note Napa on Nov. 19, 2016.

      Set List:

      Love For Sale

      Dear Ella

      Fine and Mellow

      Slow Boat To China

      Cotton Tail

      One Fine Thing


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      Ron Carter Quartet

      Ron Carter, bass; Renee Rosnes, piano; Javon Jackson, tenor sax; Payton Crossley, drums. Recorded at Blue Note Hawaii on Nov. 28, 2016.

      Set List:


      Mr. Bow Tie (based on Seven Steps To Heaven)

      Bach Cello Suite #1 Interpretation

      You Are My Sunshine

      My Funny Valentine

      You And The Night And The Music

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      Fred Hersch

      Fred Hersch, piano; Johannes Weidenmueller, bass; Eric McPherson, drums. Recorded at Blue Note Beijing on Oct. 28, 2016.

      Set List:

      Everybody's Song But My Own

      Dream of Monk




      Black Nike

      Blackwing Palomino

      Let's Cool One

      We See (deadroll)

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