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Toast Of The Nation 2017

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

Buika performs at B.B. King Blues Club on Oct. 13, 2016. (Dino Perrucci)
Buika performs at B.B. King Blues Club on Oct. 13, 2016. (Dino Perrucci)

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.

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