Wycliffe Gordon

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, November 20 at 8 p.m.  In its most simple definition, a jam session is a musical event where musicians play by improvising without extensive preparation. Jazz jam sessions are an old tradition that allow players to test their skills in front of an audience, usually playing well known standards yet ones that require a common vocabulary. In this episode, we listen to a 2013 late night jazz jam led by pianist Aaron Diehl and featuring such guests as Wycliffe Gordon, Terell Stafford, Walter Blanding Jr., David Wong and many others.

Airs Thursday, June 12 at 8 p.m. The many songs that came from the Broadway theatre, Hollywood movies, and Tin Pan Alley have always been a vital part of the repertoire of jazz musicians, who turned many of them into jazz standards. In this episode, we listen to more swingin' standards performed by Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, Wycliffe Gordon, and the Marcus Roberts trio, among others in this 2007 SMF recording.

Airs Thursday, June 5, 2014. The concept of a jazz party goes back to the origins of the music, since the very function of jazz was often connected to dancing. More recently however, the term jazz party has been used to describe a multi-day gathering of musicians and audiences in which the common bond is the creation of a good time atmosphere where it's all about swinging the bandstand. In this episode, we listen to Bucky Pizzarelli, Ken Peplowski, Howard Alden, and Wycliffe Gordon, among others, performing some of the classics that helped define what we know today as "swing."

Airs Thursday, December 5 at 8 p.m. The lineage of great jazz musicians in Georgia goes back to the early 20th century when such renowned musicians as Fletcher Henderson came out of Atlanta University, moved to New York city and formed one of the finest big bands of all time. In this episode we feature previous Savannah Music Festival performances by trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and trumpeter Marcus Printup, both of whom are from Georgia and will return to the SMF in 2011.