Nate Chinen appears in the following:
John Coltrane and Eric Dolphy's fearless experiment sets a new album ablaze
Wednesday, May 31, 2023
The recording made at NYC's Village Gate during the summer of 1961, when the John Coltrane quartet was joined by Eric Dolphy, was thought lost until it was discovered in the New York Public Library.
Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, Shahzad Ismaily: Tiny Desk Concert
Friday, May 12, 2023
In its Tiny Desk performance, the trio makes music strictly for the moment — creating a shared language in real time.
Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, 'People's Park'
Thursday, May 04, 2023
Brian Blade's band makes jazz-inflected, gospel-rooted music suffused with a glowing consonance.
Irreversible Entanglements, 'Nuclear War'
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Irreversible Entanglements gives Sun Ra's apocalyptic jam a heavy-gauge upgrade — shape-shifting in and out of a groove, but always rooted in the terrifying hypothetical at hand.
Watch Live: The 2023 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert
Friday, March 31, 2023
This celebration honors this year's NEA Jazz Masters award recipients, including Regina Carter, Kenny Garrett, Louis Hayes and Sue Mingus. Watch live Sat, April 1, 7:30 p.m. ET!
New trio Love In Exile is a manifestation of musical telepathy
Monday, March 27, 2023
On their debut album, the improvisational supergroup — singer Arooj Aftab, pianist Vijay Iyer and bassist Shahzad Ismaily — try to answer a musical riddle: What does listening sound like?
Meshell Ndegeocello (feat. Brandee Younger & Julius Rodriguez), 'Virgo'
Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Ndegeocello doesn't conform to anybody else's idea of the celestial plane. When she sings of supernovas, she sounds like a witness.
Brandee Younger, 'You're a Girl for One Man Only'
Thursday, February 23, 2023
Rooted in the lineage of Black music, Younger interprets a tune by Dorothy Ashby, a pioneer of genre-bending harp.
Samara Joy's polyphonic stardom
Saturday, February 04, 2023
Don't be shocked by the 23-year-old jazz singer's breakneck rise from precocious college student to best new artist Grammy nominee. In those few years, she's been building three careers at once.
2023 Grammy Awards: The Beyoncé paradox
Friday, February 03, 2023
At this year's awards on Sunday night, Beyoncé could become the artist with the most Grammys ever. She could also go down in history as the most snubbed.
'This is not entertainment': John Zorn, all over Big Ears
Thursday, January 26, 2023
Composer and alto saxophonist John Zorn brings eight eclectic bands to the Big Ears Festival stage, ranging from solo classical piano to all-out electrified jams.
Jason Moran's new album pays tribute to Black jazz pioneer James Reese Europe
Monday, January 02, 2023
Jazz artist Jason Moran revisits the deep influence of Black composer and bandleader James Reese Europe, best known for serving with the Harlem Hellfighters in World War I.
NPR Music 2022 Staff Picks: Nate Chinen
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
WRTI editorial director Nate Chinen shares his favorite albums and songs of 2022.
The story of jazz in 2022: A year-end listening party
Saturday, December 17, 2022
After a year defined by emergence and creative combination, our critics zoom in on their own listening to choose one inescapable album and song each.
A return to venues, guided by 'The 7th Hand'
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
WRTI editorial director Nate Chinen returned to live music with fervor this year — and one artist in particular, the young saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, emerged as a constant presence.
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.