“A perceptive young guitarist with an introspective but assertive style” - Nate Chinen, New York Times
“Nate Radley is one of the significant guitarists to enter jazz in the last five years” -Thomas Conrad, Stereophile Magazine
“One of the tastiest and most consistent players on the scene” -David R. Adler, New York City Jazz Record
“Nate Radley eschewed the overindulgence of most jazz guitarists, in pursuit of a soloing style that flowed with thematic movement and intent compositional logic.” -Daniel Lehner, Allaboutjazz
“Radley is a mood architect who’s able to move from states of desolation to anger to repose with relative ease.” -Dan Bilawsky, AllAboutJazz
“Radley plays from his home-base in order to reference outer space.” Ariel Bitran, Stereophile.com
Nate Radley is Brooklyn-based guitarist and composer who leads his own group, can be heard with a variety of collaborative projects, and works as a sideman in numerous bands both in the New York area and around the world.
Nate’s most recent CD is entitled “Morphoses” and was released in 2014 on Fresh Sound/New Talent. The album features a broad set of influences from jazz to rock to country. In addition the album features Nate on electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and lap steel. Joining Nate on this project are long time collaborators Loren Stillman on saxophones, Matt Pavolka on bass, and Ted Poor on drums.
Nate’s previous releases are 2013’s “Carillon” on Steeplechase with Chris Cheek on saxophone, Matt Clohesy on bass, and Ted Poor drums; and 2012’s “The Big Eyes” on Fresh Sound/New Talent with Loren Stillman, Pete Rende on keyboards, Matt Pavolka, and Ted Poor.
Nate also performs with a variety of collaborators based in New York city. The bands he performed and recorded with include the Loren Stillman Quartet, Alan Ferber nonet, Sean Smith trio, Behn Gillece quartet, Chuck Braman trio, Marc Mommaas’ Landmarc, Kris Davis’ Infrasound, the Jon Gordon group, Akiko Pavolka’s House of Illusion and the Dave Smith Quintet. Other bandleaders he has performed with include Chris Cheek, Adam Nussbaum, John O’Gallagher, Shane Endsley, Tony Moreno, the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Andy Statman, Aruan Ortiz, and Andrew Rathbun. Reflecting a recent interest in country music, Nate has also been performing with Country and Western Swing bands in the area, including Jason Loughlin’s String Gliders and Hope Debates and North Forty.
Nate has recorded for labels such as Fresh Sound/New Talent, Sunnyside, Steeplechase, Artistshare, Pirouette, Clean Feed, New Amsterdam and Tone of a Pitch. He has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and at jazz festivals such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, and the Atlanta Jazz Festival.
Nate studied jazz guitar and composition at New England Conservatory in Boston, MA where he received a Master’s in Music. He studied with John Abercrombie, Bob Brookmeyer, Jerry Bergonzi, and George Russell. He also has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Chicago.
Nate is currently on the jazz faculty at Princeton University. In addition Nate has taught clinics at high schools and universities throughout the United States.