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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.

Feb 28, 2011

Elliott Sharp, one of the great avant-garde guitarists and composers of the past few decades, will turn 60 years young this weekend, and will celebrate with two great big wonderful birthday parties in New York.

The first will be held at the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn on Friday night, March 4, 2011. Entitled E#@60: A...


Feb 26, 2011

The soprano sax gets a bad rap these days, and I confess to being one person who finds it being overused. The result is music that comes across as whiny, rather than plaintive, at times. Sometimes it's just cliched.

 

However, in the hands of Jane Ira Bloom, the soprano sax is a vital, often illuminating instrument. Her...


Feb 24, 2011

Korean born Youn Sun Nah’s latest CD, Same Girl, opens with as radical a re-interpreting of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things” as I’ve heard since John Coltrane stood the jazz word on its collective ear four decades ago. Accompanying herself on kalimba, her vocal is ethereal and hypnotizing. She...


Feb 17, 2011

The 2011 Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Portland Jazz Festival Presented by U.S. Bank boasts over 125 shows and covering a 20 day period, is set to commence Friday, February 18 through Sunday, February 27. This year's 8th annual festival has partnered with 21 multi-cultural venues all across the city in support of this...


Tip O' The Hat to the Grammy Winners....

Feb 15, 2011

Congratulations to Grammy Award winners who might in some way or another be categorized as “jazz” artists. The winners were:

New Artist: Esperanza Spalding (pictured above - and what a great win for her and the jazz universe!)

Contemporary Jazz Album: The Stanley Clarke Band, The Stanley Clarke Band

Jazz Vocal...