Nate Chinen

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Nate Chinen's Favorite Music of 2022

Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Nate Chinen, editorial director for WRTI, shares some of his favorite music of the year.


Pianist Ahmad Jamal has released a pair of archival albums

Monday, November 28, 2022

Musician Ahmad Jamal has been a major jazz figure since the 1950s. Emerald City Nights: Live at the Penthouse is a set of never-before-released recordings of Jamal in his prime.


The gripping 'Louis Armstrong's Black & Blues' confronts the artist's complexities

Friday, October 28, 2022

A new documentary explores Armstrong's experience as a Black American musician coming of age right along with the 20th century.


What is viral jazz?

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Hard to define, for one thing. But in our disorienting digital age, these image-savvy, genre-fluid, proficient yet irreverent artists can seem like the only ones who've gleefully cracked the code.


A composer's meditation on the moment, blown up to immersive proportions

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Seven months after it debuted at the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Tyshawn Sorey relaunches his work Monochromatic Light (Afterlife) on a monumental new scale in New York's Park Avenue Armory.


Pharoah Sanders, giant of spirit-driven jazz, dies at 81

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Sanders, revered as one of the avant-garde's greatest tenor saxophonists, was a member of John Coltrane's final quartet. His expressive playing laid a path for generations of musicians.


Makaya McCraven's 'In These Times': A musical marvel made by meticulous process

Friday, September 23, 2022

On his new album the drummer, composer and self-described "beat scientist" makes music by way of an elaborate hybrid method combining improvisation with careful editing. It sounds like magic.


Tom Skinner, 'Bishara'

Wednesday, September 07, 2022

In his work with The Smile and Sons of Kemet, the drummer has always found the pivot points between chaos and clarity. Skinner's solo album brings that shifting insight into focus.


Joey DeFrancesco, driving force on the Hammond organ, dies at 51

Friday, August 26, 2022

DeFrancesco played in Miles Davis's band as a teenager, brought the sound of the Hammond B-3 organ roaring back to the jazz mainstream in the 1990s and remained the instrument's most visible champion.


Lauded trumpeter and composer jaimie branch dies at 39

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

A rising star in the world of improvised music with her group FLY or DIE, branch died on Monday at her home in Brooklyn, N.Y.


Keith Jarrett's eternal balancing act

Thursday, August 04, 2022

Keith Jarrett's two strokes in 2018 left the pianist unable to perform publicly. On the occasion of Bordeaux Concert, WBGO's Nate Chinen caught up with Jarrett.


After a pandemic disruption, Newport Jazz Festival makes a poignant, euphoric return

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

The festival's first full edition in two years — and its first since the death of co-founder George Wein — saw dynamic performances from Newport veterans alongside glowing debuts from newcomers.


Regina Carter, Kenny Garrett and Louis Hayes named 2023 NEA Jazz Masters

Thursday, July 14, 2022

The trio of players, all from Detroit, along with producer and author Sue Mingus, will be celebrated in a tribute concert next spring.


Jazz renegade Theo Croker returns to his Jacksonville roots

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Jazz Night hangs with trumpeter Theo Croker in Jacksonville, Fla., where he spent his teenage years, to revisit old mentors and hear a set by his band from the Jacksonville Jazz Festival.


Meghan Stabile, promoter who united jazz and hip-hop, dead at 39

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

"We get so stuck on categories and labels that you completely miss the point of really beautiful, authentic forms of art," Stabille told Jazz Night in America in 2015.


For pianist Vadim Neselovskyi, Ukraine war adds urgency to his most personal work

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

On a new album, Odesa, written in tribute to his father, the pianist, former child prodigy and composer also paints a portrait of the album's namesake, currently in the midst of a Russian invasion.


Grachan Moncur III, trailblazing jazz trombonist, dies at 85

Friday, June 03, 2022

Moncur, who played an outsize role in jazz's evolution during the 1960s, died Friday on his birthday after a period of poor health.


Honoring the iconic blues and ironic humor of Mose Allison

Friday, June 03, 2022

The tribute project Anything Mose! breathes new life into the music of the late Mose Allison. We peer inside his blend of blues and jazz with ironic lyrics, and get stories from Allison's widow.


DOMi & JD Beck, 'SMiLE'

Friday, April 29, 2022

DOMi & JD Beck make a hyperarticulate strain of beat music. Mac DeMarco stars as a profanely cantankerous 100-year-old jazz legend in a new video.


The nouveau swing of Donald Harrison Jr., Big Chief and NEA Jazz Master

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Hear stories from New Orleans saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr.'s upbringing, words from his mentee, drummer Joe Dyson, and a performance on his home turf recorded at Snug Harbor.