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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.

My Vacation Starts at "The Wall"

Jun 29, 2012

Nancy and I start our summer vacation tonight by heading down to Hartford to catch Roger Waters’ “The Wall” extravaganza. Since Pink Floyd is one of the few 70’s rock demi-gods I have not seen in the flesh (pardon the pun, all you Floyd-heads), this should be some real fun.

Jazz and Pink Floyd have crossed paths...


Jun 28, 2012

I first heard Hailey Niswanger when she played the Gazebo Stage at the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival two years ago. Barely out of her teens, she played with great poise and elegance, using her alto sax to lay out long, lyrical solos and leading a quartet with great aplomb. The audience loved her.

Two years later,...


Around the Internet: "30 Platters of Jazz Perfection"

Jun 28, 2012

Tom Reney is the King of Western Massachusetts jazz radio, and his blog always presents good and interesting reading. Today he posts a dream list of jazz custs called  "30 Platters of Jazz Perfection" As with any list of the greatest songs, it's highly personal and as a result, full of songs I would have left out and...


Around the Internet: A Must Read - "This one’s for all the jazzophobes"

Jun 27, 2012

I found this article on line at the Ottowa Citizen website (who knew?) and wanted to amke sure anyone who has friends,family or significant others who are anti-jazz have a chance to read it. Pass this one along!

Peter Hum does a great job of explaining to the non-jazz fan why jazz is a vital, exciitng and even fun...


Jun 22, 2012

My musical summer can begin on June 30th, with the 35th annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival takes place at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in New York. If New Orleans is “The Big Easy”, then this festival should be known as “The Big Hang”, with two days of wonderful vibes, two stages of...