Dianne Reeves

Airs Thursday, December 31, at 8 p.m. The New Year’s tradition continues with jazz you can party to all night long. Toast of the Nation 2014/2015 will travel to the Newport Jazz Festival, Winter Jazzfest, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. There are no live segments this year, but don’t worry, you can still enjoy festive jazz sets with countdowns in 3 time zones. It’s sure to be a non-stop celebration of musical fireworks that will keep you dancing and swinging all night long. Hosted by WBGO’s Rhonda Hamilton.

Airs Thursday, May 14, at 8 p.m. People who love jazz singing seem to always be hoping to discover the next Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan or Ella Fitzgerald. Until very recently, the only contemporary jazz singer who came close to matching these three giants is the extraordinary Dianne Reeves, that is, until the emergence of Cecile McLorin Salvant. At age 24, this astoundingly gifted singer has perfect pitch and enunciation, a playful sense of humor, a rich and varied tonal palette, and a supple sense of swing.

Airs Thursday, April 18 at 8 p.m. Brazilian music has produced many creative composers and a wealth of great guitarists, but rarely do these talents reside within the same individual. One such exception is the brilliant young musician Chico Pinheiro, who was born in Sao Paolo in 1974, and has distinguished himself as a remarkable presence both in and outside the Brazilian music scene. In this episode, we listen to a 2011 SMF performance of Mr. Pinheiro with his quintet, including a duet performance with Romero Lubambo and a special guest appearance by jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves.