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Question and Answer: Jazz United Opens the Mailbag

Jazz United Mailbag
Nate Chinen

From the start, Jazz United has been all about the art of conversation. Usually that amounts to the two of us, Greg Bryant and Nate Chinen, talking through a range of topics — comparing perspectives, parsing our differences, finding common ground.

Of course, there can be more than two sides to a conversation. And feedback from our listeners has been one of the most surprising and welcome outcomes of producing the show. Whether it's kudos or constructive criticism, those comments keep us on our toes, thinking about new topics and directions.

So we decided to solicit questions for a special mailbag episode of Jazz United. As long as it involved our musical community, we said you could ask us anything. The responses we received were great, and some of the answers might surprise you.
By request, we'll talk about a few of our favorite lesser-known spots to hear live music outside of New York City — like Quinn's in Beacon, NY. We also share our thoughts on the vital new Los Angeles scene; on special lineups we've seen that we wish had been preserved on record; and uncommon instruments that could enchant new generations over the next few years.

Previte / Saft / Cline at Quinn's
Nate Chinen
Previte/Saft/Cline (Bobby Previte, Jamie Saft and Nels Cline) at Quinn's in Beacon, NY on April 4, 2019.

Thanks again for your feedback. We had so much fun with this that we're sure to do it again. In the meantime, keep those comments coming — and please help the show by spreading the word!

Jazz United is produced by Trevor Smith.

Greg Bryant has been a longtime curator of improvisational music. At the age of 3 in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, he was borrowing his father’s records and spinning them on his Fisher Price turntable. Taking in diverse sounds of artistry from Miles Davis, Les McCann, James Brown, Weather Report and Jimi Hendrix gave shape to Greg's musical foundation and started him on a path of nonstop exploration.
A veteran jazz critic and award-winning author, Nate Chinen is editorial director at WBGO and a regular contributor to NPR Music.