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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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.  

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Jimbo Mathus of the Squirrel Nut Zippers joined NIck Yee in the studio to talk about the band and what's next for the Squirrel Nut Zippers who were in town for a show at the Blue Note Hawaii.

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.

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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.

The unexpected announcement of the death of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell has changed the feel of tonight session of Bridging the Gap.  So I'm weaving in a few of his songs and covers, and keeping it mellow in between.

Tonight's session of Bridging the Gap will focus on bluesy, mellow, songs with a little spoken word.    

Rejoice as you've all survived another Monday! So to help you chill out, I'm keeping the music mellow and pretty during this evening's session of Bridging the Gap.

Tonight on Bridging the Gap, music from the new Quantic and Nidia Gongora album and a few Latin/Brazilian Drum and Bass tracks to speed you to your weekend.  I'm also playing some select performances from our Atherton studio to kick off the start of the Summer season.

Tickets for the Atherton can be found at hprtickets.org

Tonight on Bridging the Gap, I'm revolving around intelligent, mellow indy rock, with a few little suprises in between.  Also have one last pair of tickets to the Allison Adams Tucker show to give away on air.

Tonight on Bridging the Gap, I'm talking to musician, filmmaker and activist Michael Franti, frontman for the group Spearhead.  They play shows this Friday at the Republik and Sunday at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.  So the music will be positive, with heavy reggae notes.  

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Filmmaker, activist and Spearhead front-man Michael Franti joins Nick Yee by phone to discuss his career and his upcoming show in Honolulu at the Republik.

WOUB
WOUB

Some new music (for me) tonight on Bridging the Gap, with songs from Miles Mosley, Angel Olsen, and Somi and The Bongo Hop.  Also giving away a pair of passes to the Allison Adams Tucker show this Friday in the Atherton.

Stefano Zattera
Stefano Zattera

Happy Monday to you all! Tonight's session of Bridging the Gap will be nice and eclectic... but nice, mellow, and a sure cure for those Monday Blues.

Diego Huerta
Diego Huerta

Tonight on Bridging... a sort of Cinco De Mayo show. I'll admit I do have a little apprehension about celebrating a day that has more to do with college drinking than Mexican Independence.  With that said, it's still a great excuse to put together a great selection of Chicano/a artists.

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