Nate Chinen

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January/February 2011    The Gig

2010: The Year in Gigs

Nate Chinen reflects on the most memorable performances he saw during the year

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December 2010    The Gig

What Is Jazz Singing, Anyway?

Nate Chinen muses on the current state of jazz vocals

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November 2010    The Gig

Drummers with a Capital D

Nate Chinen confesses to his lifelong addiction to drums

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October 2010    The Gig

NEA's Jazz Masters Mistake

Nate Chinen argues against awarding all of Marsalis jazz family a NEA Jazz Master award

September 2010    The Gig

Why JazzTimes Matters

Nate Chinen on the unique contributions of the print media to the jazz community

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May 2010    Features

Christian Scott: Great Scott

Bold, brash and already delivering on serious promise, Christian Scott embodies New Orleans’ illustrious trumpet tradition while struggling against it.

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04/06/10    Columns

Figs & Stones

Are you a mossy stone? Nate Chinen defines jazz's new reactionary camp

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March 2010    The Gig

The Big Band Theory

Columnist Nate Chinen on the current state of big bands

December 2009    The Gig

Kurt Elling: Man in the Air

Nate Chinen makes the argument that Kurt Elling is the most influential jazz vocalist of our time

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November 2009    Features

Matt Wilson: Living History

How drummer and funnyman Matt Wilson blended various eras of jazz drumming into a style worth its own historical weight.

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10/01/09    Features

Nels Cline: Guitar Anti-Hero

Equally effective in free improvisation and one of rock’s most important bands, Nels Cline defines a new six-string ideal.

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October 2009    The Gig

Newport's Patron Saint: George Wein

Columnist Nate Chinen on the revival of Jazz at Newport by its original founder George Wein.

May 2009    The Gig

Steady Gigs, Late Shows

Conan O’Brien looked determined. “Get out of the way!” he barked, barreling toward the bandstand with a sledgehammer. Richie Rosenberg—a.k.a. LaBamba, the fedora-topped trombonist in the Max Weinberg 7—hopped to one side, startled, as his upholstered music...

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April 2009    The Gig

Low-End Cyclone

Bassist William Parker is deserving of greater recognition

March 2009    The Gig

The Year of the Woman?

Players like Esperanza Spalding and Mary Halvorson are making a big splash

January/February 2009    The Gig

Back to the Future: 2008 in Gigs

Tradition and innovation have never really been at odds in jazz, despite whatever the history books say. More often, the two forces have been deeply entwined, redefining each other in a vital and perpetual exchange. Trombonist and composer George Lewis reminded...

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About Nate Chinen

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JT columnist Nate Chinen, who also regularly contributes to the New York Times, is one of jazz journalism’s brightest young talents. For the past three years he has won the Jazz Journalists Association’s Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award for excellence in writing. He also won the Association’s Best Book About Jazz Award in 2004 for his work with George Wein on the memoir Myself Among Others: A Life in Music.