Nate Chinen

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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.


Charles Mingus contained multitudes, but his native language was protest

Friday, April 22, 2022

The jazz icon's 100th birthday is a chance to appreciate an enduring throughline of his career, which often teetered between exquisite composure and raging chaos.


The Grammys make a clear statement: Sometimes feeling good is good enough

Monday, April 04, 2022

The show, despite a delay caused by the pandemic and brief moments of seriousness, was mostly a highly professional, relentlessly energetic showcase for the pleasure of live music. Plus a few awards.


Stream the 2022 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert From SFJAZZ

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Performances and speeches honor this year's NEA Jazz Masters award recipients, including Stanley Clarke, Donald Harrison, Jr., Billy Hart & Cassandra Wilson. Watch live Thu, March 31, 10:30 p.m. ET!


Julius Rodriguez, 'Gift of the Moon'

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

The multi-instrumentalist prepares for his major-label debut by focusing on the fundamentals: namely, a solid groove.


Ron Miles, cornetist who imbued modern jazz with heart and soul, dies at 58

Wednesday, March 09, 2022

The cornetist, composer and bandleader combined a distinctly American harmonic palette with an openhearted emotional clarity uncommon in modern jazz.


Joel Ross, 'Prayer'

Thursday, March 03, 2022

The opening track to the vibraphonist and composer's forthcoming album embodies a spirit of quiet humility and common purpose, with a deceptively simple motif that opens up through repetition.


How a jazz legend's resting place was lost and found, 50 years after his tragic death

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Though the trumpeter Lee Morgan was killed in 1972, his legacy was well maintained. At least it seemed so, until one fan discovered last year that Morgan's gravesite seemed to have vanished.


Watch: Immanuel Wilkins live from PhilaMOCA

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Working with his superbly intuitive band — Micah Thomas on piano, Daryl Johns on bass, Kweku Sumbry on drums — we listen in on Wilkins' powerful January performance, recorded live at PhilaMOCA.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.