2019 Keables Chair


Nate Chinen '94, the Keables Chair Holder for 2019, is an internationally acclaimed jazz critic and is currently the Director of Editorial Content at WBGO in Newark, New Jersey.


The public is invited to hear and learn from him on Tuesday, Feb. 5, in Seto Hall. The annual Keables Community Night presentation is free and set to begin at 7 p.m. It is titled "(Over the) Rainbow Warrior: Israel Kamakawiwo’ole and Another Kind of Somewhere."

From 2005 to 2016, Chinen was a music critic at the New York Times. His latest book Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century was published in August.

Chinen began his two-week Keables Chair residency at his alma mater on Monday, Jan. 28. In addition to speaking to Upper School students in St. Alban’s Chapel, he is guest teaching in English, history and performing arts classes..

Over the last 10 years, 'Iolani School has enjoyed three successful week-long residencies with Chinen through the Tam & Young Arts Chair. He connects with students on issues that matter to them and during his short stays he has worked closely with them on matters related to writing.

Chinen’s passion for the art form—a global mode of life-to-life communication without boundaries—and his intimate understanding and knowledge of the music and its history make for a fascinating read, deeply heartfelt and truly uplifting.

— Herbie Hancock


Brilliant. Incisive. Jazz lives on and on and on, folks.

— Sonny Rollins

Sharp in style and warm in feeling, Nate Chinen's virtuoso survey dispenses with the familiar agendas and polemics that have too often boxed in writing on contemporary jazz. He follows the music where it goes, and exults in its plurality of voices.

— Alex Ross
author of The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century

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