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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.

Fearless Grammy Award Predictions

Jan 30, 2010

Yes, I once again take out my old Magic Eight Ball and ask it to assist me in predicting the winners of the Jazz categories at the Grammy Awards. Telecast on Sunday night, the show never gives any love to the jazz world, preferring to show the winner of “Best Metal Band” over any jazz category. But we give the...


Happy Birthday, Jason Moran!

Jan 21, 2010

Born in 1975, Jason Moran has become one of the finest pianists and band leaders in modern jazz. Now age 35, we can only hope he will continue to push the envelope with his compostions and performance,s both as a leader and sideman.

A student of Andrew Hill and Muhal Richard Abrams, Moran came to public attention...


Robert B. Parker (1933-2010)

Jan 19, 2010

I felt a real loss today with the news that crime novelist Robert B. Parker died Monday at age 77, sitting at his desk, working on his next novel. The prolific Parker published 37 Spenser mysteries, nine more featuring North Shore police chief Jesse Stone, six with Hub private investigator Sunny Randall and an...


Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing

Jan 15, 2010

On January 16, Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing will perform as part of the Kennedy Center's 102nd anniversary of the birth of violinist Stephane Grappelli. The concert will close with a rousing finale featuring O'Connor's Hot Swing with his powerhouse duo of guitarists Frank Vignola and Julian Lage, along with French...


Teddy Pendergrass (1950-2008)

Jan 14, 2010

The man who launched a thousand torrid love affairs, R&B legend Teddy Pendergrass died Wednesday evening, January 13, at the age of 59. Pendergrass, known for smash love ballads such as "Turn Off the Lights" and "Love TKO," died after a long illness, according to Lisa Barbaris, who described herself as a close friend...