Nate Chinen

Nate Chinen appears in the following:

Pianist Helen Sung: From Classical Outsider To The Jazz Inner Circle

Thursday, March 04, 2021

Sung reflects on how, as a young classical pianist, she stuck to her jazz dreams. More recently, she's translated her emotions on social justice into a thematic composition for her quartet.

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Ralph Peterson Jr., Drummer Who Re-Enlivened Hard Bop, Dead At 58

Monday, March 01, 2021

With Art Blakey as both mentor and north star, Peterson emerged in the '80s as one of that decade's most striking jazz artists.

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Vijay Iyer And A New Trio Reflect On The 'Uneasy' Past And Present

Friday, February 26, 2021

The composer and pianist joined with drummer Tyshawn Sorey and bassist Linda May Han Oh in late 2019 to record Uneasy, which now functions as a welcome reminder.

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Chick Corea: Back In Boston

Thursday, February 18, 2021

The legendary pianist has lived many lives as a musician, from post-bop wunderkind to free-jazz maverick to fusion explorer to chamber-jazz eminence.

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Chick Corea, Jazz Fusion Pioneer, Has Died Of Cancer At 79

Thursday, February 11, 2021

The wide-ranging keyboardist, composer and bandleader died Feb. 9 of cancer. He was one of the fathers of jazz fusion, with his work spanning from acoustic jazz to his own interpretations of Mozart.

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Saint Coltrane: The Church Built On 'A Love Supreme'

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

Jazz Night visits the St. John Will-I-Am Coltrane African Orthodox Church, an evolving house of worship that has incorporated John Coltrane's A Love Supreme album as their chief liturgical text.

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Lost (And Found) In Yonkers: The Billy Lester Story

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Jazz Night shines a light on the reclusive 74-year-old pianist Billy Lester. Lester has spent his whole life in Yonkers, N.Y. We hear his story and listen back to a trio set recorded in 2019.

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The Evolution Of Jon Batiste, Music Consultant Of Pixar's 'Soul'

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Jon Batiste was born for show business. Hear him play an intimate set in New York and on our radio show as we trace his story to his current gig as band leader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

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We Need To Be Able To Feel

Friday, January 15, 2021

The cost of 2020 — in lives, livelihoods, legacies and communities — is high and still being tallied. For jazz critic Nate Chinen, all that loss demands change to old ideas of critical objectivity.

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Jazz Musicians Discover New Possibilities Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Jazz musicians often rely on the energy they take from a live audience. So when live performances were shut down because of the pandemic, they had to find ways to adapt.

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In Memoriam: Jazz Night Radio Remembers 10 Musicians Who Altered The Shape Of Jazz

Thursday, December 17, 2020

We remember luminaries we lost this year in our In Memoriam program: Jimmy Heath; Lee Konitz; Càndido; Tony Allen; Annie Ross; Freddy Cole; Gary Peacock; Henry Grimes; Wallace Roney; and McCoy Tyner.

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Crate Digging With Christian McBride: The History Of Latin Bass

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Hear the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra in 2006, with four virtuoso bassists: Rubén Rodríguez, Charnett Moffett, the late Andy González, and the mighty Cachao, two years before his death.

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Swinging The Clouds Away: Jazz Takes Over Sesame Street

Friday, October 23, 2020

On this show, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis invite the Sesame Street gang onstage. Plus, trombonist Joe Fielder's Open Sesame share rare songs from the Sesame songbook.

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NEA Announces Its 2021 Jazz Masters

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Four luminaries – Henry Threadgill, Terri Lynne Carrington, Jimmy "Tootie" Heath and Phil Schaap – will be inducted in a ceremony scheduled, virtually, for next spring.

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Toshinori Kondo, Trailblazing Modern Trumpeter, Dies At 71

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

From the '80s on, Kondo stood with a new generation of free-form players, collaborating with a long list of fellow iconoclasts.

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Bird Lives! A Charlie Parker Centennial, With Strings Attached

Friday, August 28, 2020

Charlie Parker with Strings was the most commercially successful project of his all-too-brief career. We'll examine the backstory and hear rare selections from the collaboration.

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Stream The 2020 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert From SFJAZZ

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Performances and speeches honor this year's NEA Jazz Masters award recipients, including Dorthaan Kirk, Roscoe Mitchell, Reggie Workman and Bobby McFerrin. Watch on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Steve Grossman, Saxophonist And Post-Coltrane Leading Light, Dead At 69

Monday, August 17, 2020

One of Grossman's earliest recording credits comes from his time in Miles Davis' band, a high-water mark he maintained through the decades. "He was the best of all of us."

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Micah Thomas Is A Jazz Pianist With A Lot Of Runway

Monday, August 10, 2020

A recent graduate of Juilliard, pianist Micah Thomas has made some serious waves this season with his debut album, Tide, and several prominent sideman gigs.

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Helen Jones Woods, Groundbreaking Female Trombonist, Has Died From COVID-19

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Woods played in the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, a history-making all-female big band. She was 96.

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