Jazz United

Jazz United

Jazz United was a wide-ranging conversation show from WBGO Studios, hosted by critic Nate Chinen and broadcaster Greg Bryant. Covering a host of subjects relevant to the musical community, it draws on the shared enthusiasms of its hosts as well as some key differences. Bryant, former host of Jazz After Hours, is a seasoned radio host and musician; Chinen is a longtime journalist and the author of Playing Changes: Jazz For the New Century. Jazz United brings their distinct perspectives into dialogue, with the music always in center focus.Check out the rest of our line up at WBGO Studios.

Episodes

February 25, 2022 57 min
On the final episode of Jazz United, Greg Bryant and Nate Chinen work out their mutual ambivalence about one of jazz's best-loved virtuosos.
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Jazz United began with a literal conversation, as Greg Bryant and Nate Chinen met up for some music just over two years ago. We're proud of how far we've come, and now we're asking for your support.
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Jazz United considers the vital challenge and rich reward of 'Cecil Taylor - The Complete, Legendary, Live Return Concert.'
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Jazz United digs deep into the trailblazing rhythm legacy of hip-hop producer J Dilla — in conversation with Dan Charnas, author of an essential new book, 'Dilla Time.'
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January 14, 2022 44 min
As 2022 gets underway, we're energized with a spirit of renewal. So we decided to devote this episode of Jazz United to some New Year’s resolutions.
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For a dynamic look back at 2021, Nate Chinen and Greg Bryant welcomed critic Jordannah Elizabeth to a panel discussion at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.
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December 17, 2021 59 min
One is a chart-topping juggernaut who has sparked musical controversy for the last 35 years. The other is a master who’s spent that same span of time balancing improvisational fire with lyrical soul. Yes, in both instances we’re talking about saxophonist Kenny G — Gorelick in the first case, and Garrett in the second. As you can imagine, we have some thoughts.
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Greg Bryant is a self-admitted Grinch when it comes to Christmas jazz, while Nate Chinen is a full-blown Elf. Hear them work out their differences on this holiday edition of Jazz United.
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Jazz United remembers the incomparable drummer and composer Paul Motian, whose spirit lives on in the music, and in a new documentary film.
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On this episode of Jazz United, we peer under the hood of Superblue, with a special attention to the mechanics of groove; reminisce about our separate relationships with Kurt Elling and Charlie Hunter’s music; and hear from both artists about their collaboration.
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Just how major is 'A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle'? Nate Chinen and Greg Bryant discuss this historic release on Jazz United, moments after listening together to the album.
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Jazz United was in the house when Terence Blanchard became the first Black composer to have an opera presented at The Met. In this episode, Greg Bryant and Nate Chinen laud 'Fire Shut Up in My Bones' for its music, its message and its broader meaning.
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Jazz United goes deep on 'Live,' the first posthumous album by Chick Corea, and discusses the evolving legacy of Corea's Akoustic Band.
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As a supplement to WBGO's 2021 Fall Preview, Jazz United picks a half-dozen new releases we're excited about.
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In the first mailbag episode of Jazz United, Greg Bryant and Nate Chinen answer many of your burning questions.
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'The Complete Live at the Lighthouse' finds trumpeter Lee Morgan leading one of the greatest bands of the early 1970s. Jazz United considers its legacy anew, as illuminated by this 12-LP boxed set.
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The big intermission is over, but how long will it last? Jazz United examines the return to in-person performances and checks in with Spike Wilner, owner of Smalls Jazz Club.
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To kick off Season Two of Jazz United, we shine a light on Impulse Records, the self-proclaimed home for "The New Wave in Jazz" — describing its impact on us as listeners and its enduring significance on the musical landscape.
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For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Jazz United considers the Asian-American experience in jazz — and welcomes a guest, violinist Tomoko Omura.
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Jazz United celebrates Carla Bley, the irrefutably original composer and pianist, as she rounds the corner on an 85th birthday.
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