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Ring In The New Year With Jazz

Hiromi Uehara.
Rodger Bosch
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Hiromi Uehara.

This year at NPR Music ends the way the previous 29 have for NPR and its jazz partners WBGO and WGBH: with live jazz, all night long. The annual Toast of the Nation features jazz groups welcoming the new year across the country, from New York to Los Angeles and Boston to New Orleans. You can listen in starting at 8 p.m. ET, or stream broadcasts of many NPR member stations online. Afterward, NPR Music is archiving all the concerts if you're out and about on New Year's Eve — or you just want to re-live the fun.

You can find the whole calendar at this year's Toast of the Nation preview page. But for now, here are some musical samples of what's to come.

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