Nate Chinen, Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century

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Nate Chinen, Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century

Nate Chinen photo by Michael Lionstar

Friday, November 2, Cornish College of the Arts, 12pm
Friday, November 2, Royal Room, 7pm
Saturday, November 3, Elliott Bay Book Company, 5pm

Building context and connection to the world-class musical performances we’ve served up, we’re also happy to provide free and open community engagement events. This year, our outreach efforts include several events featuring the renowned journalist and author, Nate Chinen.

Nate Chinen is a well-established and respected writer and journalist who worked for 12 years as the jazz and pop music critic for the New York Times. Currently, Chinen works as Director of Editorial Content for WBGO and as an advisor on jazz programming for NPR. He’s a ten-time winner of the Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award for Writing Excellence. To much acclaim, Chinen’s most recent offering is his book, Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century (Pantheon, 2018).

On Friday, November 2, in partnership with Cornish College of the Arts as part of their Pivot Convocation Series, Earshot Jazz presents Chinen in conversation with distinguished composer and bandleader, Maria Schneider, who was recently awarded an NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship Award.

Later the same evening, he will be taking part in the Now’s The Time: A Benefit for Initiative 1631 (The Washington Carbon Emissions Fee and Revenue Allocation Initiative) at The Royal Room. Chinen will read from his new book, and participate in an interview with Seattle jazz pianist, Wayne Horvitz. The Royal Room event also includes musical performances by a variety of artists in mini-sets from 7–9pm, followed by a headline performance from Electric Circus.

On Saturday, November 3, in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company, Nate Chinen will once again read from his new book and participate in a Q&A. Chinen’s book has received great praise from many, including jazz legend Herbie Hancock who notes that “Chinen’s passion for the art form and deep understanding and knowledge of jazz make for a fascinating read. His firm support of the music and belief that the changes taking place within it will continue to serve it well—solidifying jazz as a global mode of communication without bounds—are truly uplifting.”

Earshot Jazz: A Conversation with Maria Schneider and Nate Chinen
Friday, November 2, 12pm
PONCHO Concert Hall
Cornish College of the Arts, Kerry Hall
710 East Roy St
Free and open to the public
Details: www.earshot.org

Reading and interview with Wayne Horvitz and Nate Chinen
Friday, November 2, 7pm
The Royal Room
5000 Rainier Ave S
Cover by donation. All proceeds go to yeson1631.org
Details: www.theroyalroomseattle.com

Nate Chinen Reading and Q & A at Elliott Bay Book Company
Saturday, November 3, 5pm
1521 10th Ave
Free and open to the public
Details: www.elliottbaybook.com

KEXP Jazz Theater Conversation: John Gilbreath and Nate Chinen
Airs Monday, November 5, 12am
Details: www.kexp.org