Nate Chinen

Nate’s Contributions


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.


04/06/10    Columns

Figs & Stones

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


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


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.


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.


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...


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...

December 2008    The Gig

Jazz in Hard Times

In the annals of recorded music, there may not be a more exuberant three-minute salvo than “Shoe Shine Boy,” one of a handful of sides made by the entity of Jones-Smith, Incorporated. Opening with a spring-loaded piano intro by Count Basie, it rides an irresistible...

November 2008    The Gig

Facebooking You

A few months ago, after much halfhearted resistance and some full-hearted reluctance, I took a deep breath, crossed my fingers and made the plunge. I joined Facebook, the increasingly ubiquitous online social networking Web site. Since then, I have bonded...


November 2008    Features

Bill Stewart: The Tie That Binds

Picture the late set at Smalls in Manhattan’s West Village on a mid-August evening. Kevin Hays at the piano, rhapsodic and fluid. Doug Weiss on bass, intently attuned. And if the craning of necks can be trusted, a sizable portion of the audience focused...

October 2008    The Gig

Of Horns & Hard Drives

Perhaps you’ve heard of the android trumpeter. Developed by Toyota, it was unveiled in 2004 as part of a suite of so-called Partner Robots designed to “embody kindness and intelligence and to assist with human activities,” in the parlance of a company press...

September 2008    The Gig

Collective Visions

For the ambitious jazz listener in New York City, a kind of haze descends around the second week of June. With the JVC Jazz Festival just stirring and the Vision Festival gathering steam, concertgoers can gravitate to the aesthetic extreme of their choice...

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About Nate Chinen


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.