Nate Chinen: "Playing Changes: A Conversation About Jazz in the New Century"

Saturday, September 29, 3:00-4:00PM

Logan Center Screening Room talks

 Photo by Michael Lionstar

Photo by Michael Lionstar

NATE CHINEN reads from his new book Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century and will be joined in conversation by Mike Reed. “Playing changes,” in jazz parlance, has long referred to an improviser’s resourceful path through a chord progression. Nate Chinen’s Playing Changes boldly expands on the idea, highlighting a host of real changes—ideological, technological, theoretical, and practical—that jazz musicians have learned to navigate since the turn of the century. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Chinen spent a dozen years covering jazz for The New York Times and helmed a long-running column for JazzTimes. Since 2017, he has been the director of editorial content at WBGO, working with the multiplatform program Jazz Night in America and contributing a range of coverage to NPR Music. An eleven-time winner of the Helen Dance–Robert Palmer Award for Excellence in Writing, presented by the Jazz Journalists Association, he is also coauthor of Myself Among Others: A Life in Music, the 2003 autobiography of impresario George Wein.