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The Hot Fives: our jazz hosts pick five favorite tracks from 2023

Nate Chinen

Without question, 2023 gave us some great music. From new releases and debuts to limited reissues and archival finds, there was something special for almost anyone.

You'll find a handful of jazz artists on NPR Music's Best Albums and Best Songs lists of 2023. But we wanted to be sure to give the music a fuller spotlight. Next week we'll share Nate Chinen's Top 10 Jazz Albums, and a special episode of The Late Set, featuring his conversation with Greg Bryant about the music they loved this year.

In the meantime, a special treat: We asked our jazz hosts to curate their five favorite tracks of 2023. We're calling this WRTI's Hot Fives, and we can all but guarantee that there's something new here for you to discover. Happy Holidays, from all of us at WRTI!