Jazz88 Looks Back, Forward with New Year’s Shows

Photo of the music group Ranky Tanky.

Pictured above: Charleston, S.C.-based outfit Ranky Tanky performs on Toast of the Nation this weekend.

The end of the year is a good time to reflect on highs and lows. Sean McPherson will help us do just that on Friday, Dec. 30th, with a review of the top jazz releases of 2022, as heard on Jazz88, at 11 AM. Then, a look at the best funky sounds of the year with This Just In at noon, followed by a fond farewell to The Ones We Lost at 1 PM.

NPR’s Toast Of The Nation is public radio’s New Year’s party. We’ll air it on New Year’s Eve and a couple of other spots during the holiday schedule. This year, hear live performances from:

  • Grammy-nominated Gullah Geechee musicians out of Charleston, S.C., Ranky Tanky with vocalist Lisa Fischer (7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday)
  • Cuban piano dean Chucho Valdes, presenting his three-movement suite, La Creación (8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday and Monday)
  • International vocal star with Twin Cities roots, José James, performing in Amsterdam (9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. Sunday and Monday)
  • Trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf and a cast of 600 musicians performing in a sold-out French stadium (midnight New Year’s Day 2023 and noon Monday)

We’ll also ring in the new year with live music recorded in the French Quarter on American Routes, including the Rebirth Brass Band, jazz with Leroy Jones and Ellis Marsalis, Little Freddie King’s country blues, funk from Jon Cleary, and songs from Charmaine Neville, from 1 to 3 PM Monday.

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