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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.

May 30, 2013

Wadada Leo Smith’s four CD, 4 ½ hour opus Ten Freedom Summers is more than an outstanding work of jazz. Rather, it has to be viewed as a major artistic statement about African-American history, and compared favorably with jazz works like Duke Ellington’s Black, Brown, & Beige and Wynton Marsalis’ Blood on the...


May 28, 2013

When you are asked to think of the “typical ECM artist”, you could do worse than think of Tomasz Stanko. The Polish-born veteran trumpeter has a distinctive, sometimes mournful sound from his horn that has been called “sophisticated dread” by a well-known critic. His music retreats from the requirement of chord...


Mulgrew Miller (1955 -2013)

May 28, 2013

The great pianist Mulgrew Miller has died at the age of 57. Miller had suffered a stroke late last week, and had been hospitalized since then.

Miller was one of a handful of pianists born just after the be-bop period that carried the torch of the likes of Bud Powell and Oscar Peterson, maintaining his acoustic chops ...


Happy 72nd Birthday, Bob Dylan!

May 24, 2013

Repost of Podcast 183:

What can I say about Bob Dylan that hasn't already been said a million times over....


Ray Manzarek's Brush with Fusion

May 21, 2013

The passing of Ray Manzarek, the co-founder and musical center of The Doors, leads me to ask the question I do when thinking of many of the great 1960’s rock figures.

What kind of jazz was he into?

I ask because it seems that almost all of these musical pioneers were deeply into the sounds of the Blues and the sounds...