Past Event

The Year in Jazz: A Critics Roundtable

This event will take place online in ZOOM.  You must RSVP to receive the ZOOM link. 

Three leading music critics representing a range of perspectives and publications will converge in this annual critics’ roundtable, hosted and moderated by Nate Chinen, author, former music critic at The New York Times and current Director of Editorial Content at WBGO. The panel will discuss the music, the artists, and the moments that shaped jazz in 2020.

This year’s panelists include

Marcus J. Moore
Marcus J. Moore is a music journalist, editor and author of The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America. He’s a contributing writer with The Nation and a contributing editor with Bandcamp Daily. His coverage of soul, jazz, hip-hop, and rock can be found at The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, NPR and Rolling Stone. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Mirian Arbalejo
Mirian Arbalejo is a writer, jazz critic and jazz popularizer based in Madrid, Spain. She collaborates with different local, national and international institutions, media outlets, music labels and jazz festivals. Mirian has a soft spot for Ellington/Strayhorn and liner notes. She writes extensively about jazz on his blog “It Don’t Mean A Thing” (AKA MissingDuke). In 2020 she publishes her first book: La Cesión de las Voluntades (The Relinquishing of the Will).

Peter Margasak
Peter Margasak is a long-time music journalist who spent more than two decades as a staff writer at the Chicago Reader. He’s a regular contributor to DownBeat, Chamber Music, and Bandcamp Daily, among other publications. … Margasak has also programmed the weekly Frequency Series at Constellation in Chicago since 2013.

Nate Chinen
Nate Chinen has been writing about jazz for more than twenty years. He spent a dozen of them working as a critic for The New York Times, and helmed a long-running column for JazzTimes. As the director of editorial content at WBGO, he works with the multiplatform program Jazz Night in America and contributes a range of coverage to NPR Music.