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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Sola Rosa
Sola Rosa

Tonight's session of Bridging the Gap will bounce back and forth between African music, Ska, Funk and some Downtempo in between.

Upcoming shows with Dobet Gnahore. 

Banda Magda
Banda Magda

Tonight's session of Bridging the Gap will lean a little more in the world music direction, with new music from Banda Magna (pictured) and harpist Amelia Romano.

Happy President's Day! Tonight's show will feature yet more eclectic music... but I've got to throw in some James Brown in honor of Clyde Stubblefield who played the break on Funky Drummer.

Tonight’s session of Bridging the Gap will focus heavily on party heavy Latin tracks pulling from Cuba, Spain, Mexico and beyond.

Tonight’s session of Bridging the Gap will centered around Kamasi Washington’s version of Cherokee… meaning we’ll explore the “tip of the iceberg” of groove based, psychedelic jazz.

Here we go with the 2nd session of Bridging the Gap at it's new time.

It's finally here!  The 1st show at the new late night, but weekly time slot. It's also Valentine's Day so I'm filling the show with songs about love or possibly heartbreak.  Just in case you were looking for it you can find more information on the program realignment on our website.

Tonight's session of Bridging the Gap is the final Saturday night session, so I'm doing one last show in the original format.  The new timeslot will start Tuesday February 14th, and will be from 10-midnight on Monday thru Friday.  More information can be found on our website.

Tonight on Bridging the Gap we'll explore the world of film soundtracks.

Wonderheads
Wonderheads

The University of Hawaii Outreach College is presenting a unique single person theater experience.

“Loon” is a one person play presented by the theatrical group Wonderheads.  The unlikely love story follows a lonely janitor who dreams of traveling to the moon.  It’s performed in a large papier-mâché mask, using only body expressions to tell the story. 

Sierra Club Hawaii
Sierra Club Hawaii

The Hawaii Democratic Party is pulling its business from First Hawaiian Bank in support of Dakota pipeline protests.  First Hawaiian’s principal shareholder is BNP Paribas, a French bank that owns 82% of the company.  BNP Paribas is one of 17 banks investing in the Dakota Access Pipeline, and has individually invested more than $400 million dollars into the project.

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

February 4th, 2017 

February 11th, 2017 

February 14th, 2017 (New Timeslot/Valentines Day Show) 

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February 20th, 2017 

February 21st, 2017 

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February 24th, 2017 

Tonight on Bridging the Gap I'm taking a little dive into rock with a retro psychedelic feel.  Well hear music from Tame Impala, Chancha Via Circuito, and Bruno Pernadas.

Kumu's Cupboard
Kumu's Cupboard

A store providing free school supplies for teachers on Kaua‘i will open its doors this weekend.  An organization called Kumu’s Cupboard in the Kukui Grove Center will provide resources for local teachers who would otherwise be using their own money to buy basic school supplies.

Kainoa Bristol
Kainoa Bristol

For tonight's show I'm drawing musical inspiration from the Women's Marches all across the country.

OIWI TV / JUSTYN AH CHONG
OIWI TV / JUSTYN AH CHONG

The Hōkūle‘a is back in Pacific waters after crossing the Panama Canal.  The ship is taking on a new crew in Panama City before setting out on her next leg to the Galapagos Islands.  We caught up with Media Specialist Bryson Hoe as part of our ongoing series Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

Keeping the music Jazzy, Cool, and just little off center this evening for Bridging the Gap.

The Friends of the Library are holding its 8th annual Music and Book Sale this weekend in the Washington Middle School Cafeteria.  This year’s sale will feature more than 20,000 vinyl records, 10,000 CDs, and 15,000 books.

The event started as Hawaii Public Radio’s annual music sale, but has expanded to include books as well.  Friends of the Library Executive Director Nainoa Mau says all proceeds from the sale go to support the state library system.

James Watt
James Watt

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has been named as co-trustee to the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.  The area is the largest fully protected conservation area in the US, encompassing 583,000 square miles of ocean, small islands, and atolls in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.  It's home to more than 7,000 marine species, a quarter of which are found only in the Hawaiian Archipelago.  It’s also a significant cultural site to Native Hawaiians, containing both historical and spiritual places.

Happy New Year to you all!  I'm calling tonight's show "Hope in the New Year" as I feel we coulds all use a positive start to the new year.  So I'm keeping it light with new music from Y La Bamba and a few other tasty tracks along the way.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

  

The Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture says the coffee berry borer has been spotted on Maui at a farm in Kīpahulu.  The larvae of the small beetle feeds on unpicked coffee beans, reducing yield and quality of the product.  It’s the second sighting on Maui in two months… the first in Hāna last November.

The borer was first detected in 2010 in Ka‘ū, and has been managed with organic pesticides and field sanitation.

Political Blind Spot
Political Blind Spot

Native American activists are making a final push to urge President Obama to grant executive clemency to activist Leonard Peltier.

G. Love
G. Love

Blues musician Garrett Dutton, better known as G. Love started his career as a teenage street musician in central Philadelphia. There he developed a unique style of mixing traditional Blues guitar and harmonica music with the “old school” Hip-Hop that was popular at the time. 

He and his band entitled “G. Love and Special Sauce” saw major commercial success in the mid- 90’s with their song “Baby’s Got Sauce”. He describes his sound as a party with Robert Johnson, The Rolling Stones, Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys…with Bob Dylan showing up at the end.

Richard L. Pyle/Bishop Museum
Richard L. Pyle/Bishop Museum

Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have named a fish after President Obama.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

More than 5,000 electric vehicles are now registered in Hawai‘I, and 8 of Hawai‘i’s leading energy organizations are marking the occasion by launching an initiative called Drive Electric Hawai‘i.

Hawaii Magazine
Hawaii Magazine

This Saturday’s session of Bridging the Gap, is the last show for 2016.  So I'm capping it off with some of the best songs and discoveries from the last year, as well as some of the artists that we lost along the way.

(Note: Next weeks show will be replaced with the NPR New Years Special)

Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

Donald Trump has officially won the presidency with the 270 electoral votes needed to secure the office.  Voting proceeded mostly according to tradition… despite some efforts to persuade Republican Electoral College members to vote rogue.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

Astronomers with the University of Hawai‘i are a step closer to understanding the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres.

The planet is the largest body in our asteroid belt, and was originally thought to be covered in reflective salt.  Using a gamma ray and neutron detector, scientists found the surface is a porous mixture of rocky materials with ice in the cracks.

Thomas Hitz / Flickr
Thomas Hitz / Flickr

Tonight on Bridging the Gap, a winter themed set that will hopefully become a mixtape soon.

SAMUEL BRESENDEN
SAMUEL BRESENDEN

Chicago born, LA based DJ Jeremy Sole is exploring the mechanics of roots music.

For 10 years he’s hosted a late night show every Wednesday on Los Angles’ KCRW, mixing together an eclectic blend of world music, soul, reggae, and independent rock.  On the side he’s done official remixes for David Bowie, Beck, Fela Kuti, and Thievery Corporation.

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