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Annie Chen

Annie Chen is a vocalist, composer, and bandleader from Beijing, based in New York since 2013. Her distinctive style draws on a rich continuum of musical traditions from Asia, Europe, and the Americas. This creative vision – showcased on her releases Pisces the Dreamer (2014), Secret Treetop (2018) and the upcoming Guardians (2024) – is supported by years of experience in China’s jazz, blues, and funk scenes as well as active study and collaboration within New York’s vibrant jazz community.

As a bandleader and composer, Chen has performed extensively in prestigious NYC venues including the Blue Note, Cornelia St. Cafe, Nublu, Flushing Town Hall, DROM, Shapeshifter Lab, and Club Bonafide. In China, she has brought her music to festivals such as Solana Summertime Festival, Chaoyang Music Festival, Beijing Nine-Gates Jazz Festival, CD Jazz Week, and the Shanghai International Jazz Festival, as well as venues such as Blue Note Beijing, East Shore Jazz Club, DDC, JiangHu, Guangzhou Xinghai Concert Hall and JZ Club Shanghai and Hangzhou. At JZ Club Hangzhou she led a band as artist in residence in 2015, 2016, and 2018.

Chen’s debut release as a leader is Pisces the Dreamer, released in 2014 with a performance at New York’s Blue Note Jazz Festival. The album’s deft traversal of Chinese, Middle-Eastern, Eastern European, and Afro-American musical landscapes has continued in 2018’s follow-up Secret Treetop, praised by Downbeat as “[a] clear-eyed fusion of East and West with an avant-garde twist,” and by New York Music Daily as “Fearlessly eclectic, soulful and smart.” In 2019, Secret Treetop was nominated for Best Vocal Jazz Album by the Chinese Music Industry Committee, an award analogous to a Grammy in the US. Both Pisces the Dreamer and Secret Treetop were reissued on vinyl by Fusion Music in 2019.

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Guardians

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2024
Track listing: Rozpacz (Despair); Underground Dance; Rosemary's Lullaby; Güle Güle Istanbul; Guardians Suite I – The Northern Eyes; Guardians Suite II – The Whale River Song; Guardians Suite III – Jellyfish All Around; Guardians Suite IV – Vanished Tails, No Return.

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Rosemary's Lullaby

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Label: Self Produced
Released: 2024
Duration: 6:29

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Vijay Iyer, Too Many Zooz, Annie Chen, Jacky Terrasson & More

Read "Vijay Iyer, Too Many Zooz, Annie Chen, Jacky Terrasson & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Welcome to your weekly fix of recent and upcoming releases, from the seismic brasshouse of Too Many Zooz to the re-imagining of Sun Ra's The Magic City by Meshell Ndegeocello, and a whole lot in between. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Too ...

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All New Music From Sonic Skin, Annie Chen, Debby Wang, And More

Read "All New Music From Sonic Skin, Annie Chen, Debby Wang, And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show we present all new music from Sonic Skin, Annie Chen, Debby Wang, Ari Joshua featuring John Medeski and Billy Martin, The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, Daniel Reyes Llinás, Christian Fabian Trio, Teiku, Mike Downes, Paul Kendall, Gustavo Cortinas, and Alice Coltrane.Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Annie Chen “Rozpacz (Despair) from Guardians (JZ Music) ...

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Annie Chen: Secret Treetop

Read "Secret Treetop" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Nel suo secondo album la cantante cinese Annie Chen compie un bel passo avanti, imboccando un percorso più complesso ed eclettico, anche se meno accattivante rispetto all'esordio di Pisces The Dreamer. Se in quel disco del 2014 esprimeva la sua adesione ai classici modelli del canto jazz qui Annie sperimenta una sintesi tra jazz moderno e ...

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Secret Treetop

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Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Duration: 8:10

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For Today, Tomorrow and Always - A 2018 Retrospective

Read "For Today, Tomorrow and Always - A 2018 Retrospective" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The final broadcast of the year remembered some of the great artists that left us in 2018, with birthday shout outs to Una Mae Carlisle, Cab Calloway, Rebecca Parris, Nancy LaMott and Annie Lennox, among others, plus a nod to more Grammy nominees. Happy New Year! Playlist Janice Friedman “Get Set" from Live at ...

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Contemporary Carols by Women and Grammy nominations

Read "Contemporary Carols by Women and Grammy nominations" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This Christmas Eve's broadcast included new releases by Allison Au, Camille Thurman and John Daversa Big Band, with a first look at some Grammy nominees, plus birthday shout outs to Edith Piaf, Bob Brookmeyer and Lil Green , among others. Playlist Geri Allen “Joy and Wonder" from The Gathering (Verve) 00:00 Champian Fulton “Merry ...

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Secret Treetop

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: Ozledim Seni; Majo Kiki in 12 Days; Ao Bao Xiang Hui; Secret Treetop; Orange Tears Lullaby; Mr. Wind-Up Bird, Strange Yearning; Leaving Sonnet; Gan Lan Shu; My Ocean Is Blue in White.


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