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Our New Year's Resolutions

Jazz United:
Nate Chinen
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Welcome to 2022! Like many of you we’re energized somehow with a spirit of renewal. As our music scene struggles to make sense of the stop-start nature of the last two years, every moment carries more weight. Artists, venues and even audiences are forced to weigh each opportunity in the balance. What does that mean for us? How can we help?

We decided to devote our first episode to some New Year’s resolutions. Jazz United is a labor of love, and in our efforts together and respectively as a broadcaster and a critic, we’re calibrating to further achieve our goal of bringing outstanding artists to appreciative audiences.

So we’re pledging to listen to even more music. To engage even more deeply with sound, and rise above the drama that’s sure to poison the discourse (at some point or another). To defuse our own biases and, yes, even rely on some new gear to boost the fidelity of our listening experience. (And to make a meaningful pilgrimage or two.)

As each minute matters more, we’re doing the necessary self-inventory to ready ourselves for what we both feel will be an exciting year in our lives — and on this show. We think you’ll enjoy this conversation, maybe as much as we did. Thanks as always for hanging with us.

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Jazz United is produced for WBGO Studios by Trevor Smith.

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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.