Nick Yee

Host, Bridging the Gap

Nick Yee’s passion for music developed at an early age, as he collected jazz and rock records pulled from dusty locations while growing up in both southern California and Honolulu.  In college he started DJ-ing around town, playing long acid jazz and bossa nova sets at various lounges under the name dj mr.nick.  He started to incorporate down tempo and electronic music into his sets as his popularity grew, eventually getting DJ residences at different Chinatown locations. To this day, he is a fixture in the Honolulu underground club scene, where his live sets are famous for being able to link musical and cultural boundaries, starting mellow and building the audience into a frenzy.

In addition to his club life, Nicholas has spent the last 7 years as a DJ for UH Mānoa’s KTUH, running one of its most popular radio shows The Jet Set. He has also served at KTUH in various capacities, including manager and educator.

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Tonight I'm trying something a little diffrent and mixing a lot of Hip-Hop into the show.  But I'm leaving out all of the selections that are aggressive, misogynistic, or violent.  It'll be fun and upbeat in the 1st hour, and mellow and Jazzy in the 2nd.

So on my way to grab dinner from Don Quxoite across the street from HPR Studio's I stopped by Book-Off, the tiny used book and music shop tucked into the corner, and ended up picking out a lot of music... SO tonight's session of Bridging the Gap will be picked entirly from CD's I just bought in the hour before the show.

Timothy Duffy
Timothy Duffy

Tonight's session of Bridging the Gap is going to lean casually towards a blusey side, switching back and forth from African Blues to Americana with a lot of random in between.

Reggie Padilla
Reggie Padilla

Happy Summer Solstice! Tonight's session of Bridging the Gap is going to be a light summery blend of music, weaving in and out of bright Downtempo, indy rock, and everything else in-between.

I'm randomly calling tonight's session of Bridging the Gap "Haunted Nights on the African Plain".  I don't fully know why, but hopfully the music fits the theme.

Mixing classic Latin Jazz with a little bit of Colombia, Lisbon, and winding down with some warm surf rock on tonight's session of Bridging the Gap.

Hurray for the Riff Raff
Hurray for the Riff Raff

I'm using tonight's session of Bridging the Gap to work out some music for HPR's Lilijestrand sunset soiree tomrrow. So the music will be a collection of Soul, Gospel, and a little Funk.

More new finds and new releases coming out on tonight's session of Bridging the Gap.  I think I'm picking the rest on the fly... which always makes for a better show.

Some new finds and new releases coming out tonight with the 40th anniversary reissue of Bob's Exodus and new music from Hampshire and Foat and Proliter.

Since it's Monday, and a holiday let's keep it (mostly) mellow on this evenings session of Bridging the Gap.

Let's celebrate shall we since it's Friday and we've survived yet another week... so tonight's show is going to be a fun mix of summertime songs, and musical favorites.  Also giving away a pair off passes to the Goodfoot show Saturday in the Atherton.

Funky Jazz mixed into world music tonight on Bridging the Gap  Also giving away a pair off passes to the Goodfoot show Saturday in the Atherton.

Blending layers of Jazz, Funk, and Soul tonight on Bridging the Gap.  Also giving away a pair off passes to the Goodfoot show Saturday in the Atherton and the Gay Men's Chorus on Sunday.

It seems around once a week (these days) I go into the studio empty handed... and without a plan and just pick music off the shelves.  It's pure DJing and these shows (usually) turn out to be my best work.  Tonight's show is going to be one of them, and hopefully it won't suck.  

Keeping the music cool, mellow, and chilled on this Monday evening with new music from LA tape delay soul group Moonchild and so much more.  

Stefano Zattera
Stefano Zattera

Happy Friday! We made it through another week! Keeping the music eclectic this evening, with new songs from Quantic, The New Mastersounds, and Bei Bei.  

Squirrel Nut Zippers
Squirrel Nut Zippers

A little more than 20 years ago, a band named after a popular peanut candy began stringing together a mixture of New Orleans Jazz, Calypso, and Swing … adding in their own whacky sense of humor.  The result was a breakthrough album called “HOT”.  The band was The Squirrel Nut Zippers from Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The album produced a string of singles that were pioneered by college radio and MTV, most notably “Hell”, a Calypso that gleefully describes the Biblical inferno, and “Put A Lid On It”, a swingy Big Band crooner about heroin addiction.  

Squirrel Nut Zippers
Squirrel Nut Zippers

Tonight on Bridging the Gap, I'm joined on air by Jimbo Mathus of the Squirrel Nut Zippers who play tonight till Saturday at Blue Note Hawaii.  He'll be sharing some new and unreleased Squirrel Nut Zippers material.  

This is the June 2017 Bridging the Gap audio archive.  This page is for HPR staff reference only!

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Step N' Soul
Step N' Soul

Returning to Jazzier territory tonight on Bridging the Gap.  

Gary Yee
Gary Yee

Tonight on Bridging the Gap a collection of vintage tunes, mixed into a few summer oriented themes.  

Tonight on Bridging the Gap a few songs for memorial day, with a lot of other favorites mixed in.  

Tonight on Bridging the Gap I'm we're keeping it light and fun to ease you into the weekend.  New music from Quantic & Nidia Gongora, Ondatropica, and Vieux Farka Touré.  

Jim Mina
Jim Mina

For the last 16 years The New Mastersounds have developed unique blend of Jazz, Soul and Boogaloo. Formed in Leeds in the late 90’s by drummer Simon Allen and guitarist Eddie Roberts, the duo eventually added bassist Pete Shand and keyboardist Joe Tatton. 

Tonight on Bridging the Gap I'm going into the studio empty handed! In other words...with nothing picked out in advance...as these usually are my best shows.  

The New Mastersounds
The New Mastersounds

Tonight on Bridging the Gap I'm joined in studio by Simon of The New Mastersounds ahead of their shows at the Blue Note Hawaii.  So the music is going to be upbeat and funky.

Listen to the interview:

Dan Medhurst via The New Mastersounds
Dan Medhurst via The New Mastersounds

Keeping the music upbeat and funky tonight on Bridging the Gap.

Tomorrow on the show we'll be chatting with Simon of The New Mastersounds ahead of their string of shows at the Blue Note Hawaii. 

Focusing on a little dreamy Indy Rock mixed into a little world sounds tonight on Bridging the Gap.

Spinning some vintage Latin Jazz, Jamaican Ska and swing into tonight's session of Bridging the Gap.

Keeping it eclectic as always with a little light Drum & Bass, Soul and Downtempo mixed into the set tonight on Bridging the Gap.

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