Nate Chinen

Nate Chinen appears in the following:

Bobby McFerrin reflects on going from the hotel bar to prescribing 'medicine music'

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Host Christian McBride talks with vocalist and 2020 NEA Jazz Master Bobby McFerrin. We'll hear tracks from his vast catalog, stories from his illustrious career, and an impromptu jam with Christian.

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Robert Glasper, 'Black Superhero'

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Glasper's piano sets a chiming gospel loop, over which Killer Mike and Big K.R.I.T. rap verses about perseverance and positivity.

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Saxophonist Tony Malaby's unlikely pandemic practice space: the New Jersey Turnpike

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Saxophonist Tony Malaby, unlucky at the beginning of the pandemic after catching a very early case of the virus — the subsequent isolation imposed on his playing led him to a unique solution.

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In memoriam: Jazz Night In America remembers the icons we lost in 2021

Thursday, December 23, 2021

We remember some of the luminaries we lost this year: Chick Corea; Milford Graves; Dr. Lonnie Smith; Pat Martino; Dottie Dodgion; Howard Johnson; Slide Hampton; Curtis Fuller; and Ralph Peterson Jr.

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For the jazz community, 2021 proved that improvisation is a life strategy

Monday, December 20, 2021

WBGO's Nate Chinen reflects on the year in jazz.

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Wayne Shorter and esperanza spalding crack open the old world in new opera

Friday, December 10, 2021

The pair took a close look at the subtexts of Euripides' sad, epic tale of Iphigenia — agency, testosterone, violence, faith — and, through a suite of new music, hold them up to the light.

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Strata-East at 50: How a revolutionary record label put control in artists' hands

Friday, December 03, 2021

To celebrate their 50-year anniversary, we trace the history and legacy of the independent jazz record label Strata-East founded by trumpeter Charles Tolliver and the late pianist Stanley Cowell.

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The jazz dalliance on Adele's '30' runs deeper than a sampled groove

Friday, November 19, 2021

From the harmonic intrigue of "My Little Love" to a track sampling the late pianist Erroll Garner, Adele's latest album is filled with subtle connections to jazz.

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George Wein Never Stopped Listening

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Nate Chinen remembers Newport Jazz impresario George Wein, who helped create the modern music festival but never lost his appetite for listening in small rooms and connecting at a human scale.

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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's latest, and likely last, ring-a-ding

Friday, October 01, 2021

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with WGBO jazz expert Nate Chinen about his interview with Lady Gaga about her new album with Tony Bennett, Love for Sale.

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The Urban Griot, Dr. Billy Taylor: A Centennial Celebration

Thursday, September 30, 2021

We're celebrating the legacy of Dr. Billy Taylor — with a look at his multifaceted career, his musical philosophy, and the impact he left.

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Terence Blanchard's Met Opera Debut Is A Singular Achievement And A Shared Success

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The composer's magnetically powerful Fire Shut Up in My Bones lands with a force of authenticity, a too-rare window into Black life in an operatic setting.

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Esperanza Spalding, 'Formwela 10'

Thursday, August 26, 2021

"Formwela 10" is one of Spalding's more enchanting spells: a shape-shifting chamber invention that ponders the question of what we ask of one another in the course of romantic exchange.

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John Coltrane's Masterpiece Breathes New Life With 'A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle'

Thursday, August 26, 2021

John Coltrane rarely performed the music from A Love Supreme after its release at the end of 1964 – meaning even the most ardent Coltrane-ologists have been unaware of the existence of these tapes.

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Joshua Redman, 'Facts'

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Redman's angular melody entwines with a countermelody by Ron Miles on cornet, as bassist Scott Colley and drummer Brian Blade percolate the groove.

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Portland's Montavilla Jazz Brings Music To Your Front Door

Thursday, August 05, 2021

Jazz Night visits Portland to ride along with the non-profit Montavilla Jazz and its door-to-door music festival, including a lovely set by trumpeter Charlie Porter.

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Shemekia Copeland, Modern Guardian Of The Blues

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Watch Shemekia Copeland play the 2021 Exit Zero Jazz Festival and, on our radio episode, get inside her eclectic sound and topical lyrics, connecting her to blues icons from Ruth Brown to Ma Rainey.

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NEA Names Its 2022 Jazz Masters: Hart, Clarke, Wilson And Harrison

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The NEA celebrates the 40th anniversary of its Jazz Masters Fellowship and inducts the class of 2022, including four jazz icons: Billy Hart, Stanley Clarke, Cassandra Wilson and Donald Harrison, Jr.

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Bassist Endea Owens Cooks Up Jazz For The Community

Thursday, July 01, 2021

We hear the young bassist Endea Owens with Wynton Marsalis, Jon Batiste and trace her Detroit roots to learn how she's giving back to her community with free meals and free concerts on the street.

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Brandee Younger, 'Reclamation'

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

The first single from Somewhere Different, her gleaming Impulse debut, is a driving jazz-funk sunburst that calls back to a heyday of popular Black musical uplift.

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