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Jazz In The 21st Century Is All About 'Playing Changes'

Nate Chinen's new book Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century identifies the key players in the genre's resurgence. Chinen's aim with the books is to get the root of the resurgence.

The history of jazz in the 20th century is well known, but the course of the genre in the 21st century is still being charted. According to Nate Chinen, music critic for NPR Music and WBGO, jazz in the new millennium has enjoyed a type of Renaissance thanks to some key players.

Chinen's new book opens with a spotlight. At 37, Washington's collaborations range from jazz greats like to rappers like .

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