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Quin Kirchner - 'The Other Side of Time'

Brian Kiwanuka
Contributing Writer
bkiwanuka91@gmail.com

When speaking of jazz cities, New York and New Orleans are the ones that immediately come to mind, however, Chicago also deserves a shout. The city is no stranger to jazz creativity, being the home of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and having a scene which honed the chops of talented modern jazz names such as Tomeka Reid, Jaimie Branch and Matana Roberts. Drummer Quin Kirchner, a Chi-Town native, proves to be another quality example of the Chicago scene in his debut record, The Other Side of Time. The bandleader is an integral part of his skillful quintet made up of Nick Broste (trombone), Nate Lepine (tenor saxophone, flute), Jason Stein (bass clarinet) and Matt Ulery (bass).

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Jazz and Hip-Hop Collective QNA Drops New Single "Karoshi"

Sébastien Hélary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

NYC jazz and hip-hop collective QNA are set to drop their sophomore effort, XII, this month. The band, comprised of MC Supe, vocalist Marina Espinet, saxophonist Benjamin Chin, guitarist TJ Adorno, keyboardist Zaven Embree, bassist Dylan Kaminkow, and drummer Marco Gill, brings us intelligent and mature verses augmented by real instrumental musicians and the freedom of improvised music. Wise beyond their years, QNA have their whole future ahead of them to make their mark and we’re pretty sure we’ll be writing about them for years to come. So if you wanna take the red pill and see just how deep the rabbit hole goes, check out QNA’s new single “Karoshi”, the Japanese word for "death from overwork", below the jump. With this track, QNA aims to free us from the grind and leave us, the listener, feeling enlightened and empowered.

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Emma Frank - "Best Friend" (Video Premiere)

Sébastien Hélary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

Vocalist Emma Frank brings genuine peacefulness and transparent honesty to everything she touches including her newest opus, Ocean Av, slated for a February 16th release on Brooklyn-based Susan Records. Joining Frank on her third studio album are pianist Aaron Parks, drummer Jim Black, bassist Rick Rosato and guitarist Franky Rousseau with guest appearances by trumpeter Simon Millerd and Pedro Barquinha on electronics.

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The Line-Up for 9 February 2018

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

I'm doubling back on a bunch of ideas from two weeks ago but one of my mottos has always been "do what works".

The Line-Up for 9 February 2018

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Nextbop Radio Hour (Ep. 6 | The Bad Plus Edition)

Sébastien Hélary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

Point blank, without The Bad Plus, there would be no Nextbop. These Are the Vistas completely opened my eyes to a new and exciting musical universe which we try to feature on these humble pages. These Are the Vistas simply blew my mind. It showed me there was so much more we could do with a piano, a bass and a drum (and sometimes children’s musical instruments and toys). It was exciting. It was novel. It was different. It was unapologetic. It was loud. There was no one I idolized more in high school than TBP. There was no moment more joyous than putting their newest album in my CD player and pressing play. There was no band I wanted to see more live and as many times as possible. I strongly believe TBP made me who I am today and by extension is the reason this very website exists. For all these reasons, I was sad to hear that Ethan Iverson was leaving the band. I’m assuming it’s for the best but it marks nonetheless then end of an era, which I wanted to celebrate one last time with a new edition of the Nextbop Radio Hour featuring a track from each and every TBP album with Ethan. Thank you for everything you’ve done to date, Mr. Iverson. Looking forward to seeing what the future has in store now.

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