Holiday Programming

Celebrate the Holidays with New England Public Radio

‘Tis the season for your favorite holiday music on New England Public Radio!  Happy holidays from all of us at NEPR!

December 31-January 1 9pm-5am 

Toast of the Nation 2014/2015
The New Year’s tradition continues with jazz you can party to all night long. Toast of the Nation 2014/2015 travels 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 three time zones. It’s sure to be a nonstop celebration of musical fireworks that will keep you dancing and swinging all night long. Hosted by WBGO’s Rhonda Hamilton.

9 p.m.
Jon Batiste and Stay Human play a high energy set from The 2014 Newport Jazz Festival.

10 p.m.
2015 Winter Jazzfest Highlights with magical performances from Big Chief Donald Harrison, Gretchen Parlato, the Hypnotic Brass Band and more.

11 p.m.
Wynton Marsalis leads a medium-sized ensemble in a celebration of the music of New Orleans pioneers Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver. This is an encore performance of the 2011/2012 Toast of the Nation set from Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

12:30 a.m.
Dee Alexander’s Funkin’ with Electric Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix and James Brown. This funky segment is an encore performance that tore up Chicago’s South Shore Cultural Center in 2012.

1:30 a.m.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy from L.A.’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. Dance to this 2010 encore from BBVD’s How Big Can You Get? A Tribute to Cab Calloway, a high-voltage jolt of feel-good energy.

3:15 a.m.
Jon Batiste and Stay Human play a high energy set from The 2014 Newport Jazz Festival (rollover).

4 a.m.
2015 Winter Jazzfest Highlights with magical performances from Big Chief Donald Harrison, Gretchen Parlato, the Hypnotic Brass Band, and more

January 1 at 11 a.m. LIVE
New Year’s Day from Vienna 2015
The Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year’s Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You’ll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more – a festive way to start off the New Year. Presented by NPR Music and WGBH, Boston.