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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 29, 2010

On Saturday, October 30th, WKCR will present the Clifford Brown Birthday Broadcast, celebrating the life and career of the legendary trumpeter by broadcasting twenty-four hours of his music.  

Born in 1930 in Wilmington, Delaware, Brown picked up the trumpet at age fifteen, and quickly became one of the most influential...


Oct 28, 2010

Nu Shooz were a footnote in Eighties dance-pop music, hitting the charts with “I Can’t Wait” and “Point of No Return”, and garnering a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 1987 (they lost to Bruce Hornsby & the Range). More than twenty years later, the husband and wife team of John Smith and Valerie Day...


Oct 26, 2010

Highly underrated as a musical constructionist, Alec Wilder was a drinking buddy of singers like Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee and Tony Bennett, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they adored his songs. A fan of crossword puzzles, he allowed that passion to spill over as he wrote his material, always looking for a...


Oct 26, 2010

2010 is looking like the year of Dr. Eddie Henderson. The great trumpet player, who turns 70 years old today, has already made a striking guest appearance as a sideman on Azar Lawrence’s Mystic Journey, and been an integral part of The Cookers, a “super group” of players including Billy Harper, George Cables,...


Oct 26, 2010

Am I wrong to think that Taylor Eigsti’s latest CD is a tad formulaic? I don’t want to denigrate the talented pianist’s chops, nor his growing ability as a composer, as witnessed by multiple Grammy nominations. But in many ways, Daylight at Midnight seems like it was put together by some A&R person. Do we have...