Each year, our March issue is one of change, transition and reflection. Mostly this has to do with the magazine’s centerpiece, our annual collection of artist-to-artist tributes celebrating the lives and music of those we lost during the previous year. But this month there are other reasons for contemplation, and for thinking about how the end of an era will inform our future.
This issue marks the close of Nate Chinen’s column, “The Gig,” though this news should feel more like a commencement than a goodbye. Nate has left his post as a jazz and pop critic at the New York Times to head up the editorial program for online jazz content at WBGO and NPR. And while he’ll still be in the JT mix—a Chinen-helmed profile of Jack DeJohnette is in the works as you read this—his regular output of criticism will be reserved for his day job.