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Straight No Chaser - A Jazz Show

Straight No Chaser is the place for jazz lovers (and those who will soon be jazz lovers) to enjoy podcasts with their favorite music and artists. Winner of the 2017 JazzTimes Readers' Poll for Best Podcast, your host Jeffrey Siegel will take you inside the world of jazz, from the new releases to the best festiva;s to remembrances of jazz legends.

Oct 22, 2019

Fifty years ago today, Led Zeppelin released their second album as a group, appropriately enough entitled Led Zeppelin II. Recorded earlier in 1969, it was released just 10 months after their eponymous debut album. The band’s first number one album, it also contained their biggest hit single, “Whole Lotta Love”, a...



Oct 11, 2019

Today marks the centennial of the birth of perhaps the most influential drummer - if not the most influential band leader - of the second half of the 20th century. I speak of Art Blakey. 

His career spanned all of modern jazz, from learning in the big bands of Fletcher Henderson and Billy Eckstine to cutting...



Sep 26, 2019

Jazz and theatre as art forms have not intersected that often. One thinks of The Connection, a play form the 1950’s featuring music from Freddie Redd and performances onstage by Redd and a young Jackie McLean as one outstanding exception. More recently, Sideman and Blue Paradise dealt with jazz and musicians, but...