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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.

Jun 27, 2014

Thirty years has now passed since a group of young jazz musicians were tagged with the title “The Young Lions”, and released a series of albums and performances that helped change the direction and flow of jazz. Mark Whitfield would have to be near the top of the Second Wave of Young Lions, along with Christian...


Jun 26, 2014

Legendary drummer, Ginger Baker, renowned for his work with Cream and Blind Faith was once voted at "The musician least likely to survive the '60s."  But now, four decades and a few years later, he has proved them all wrong and he is heading to the United States for a June 2014 jazz fusion tour and a new CD titled Why?...


Jun 25, 2014

The 37th annual Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival, one of the most celebrated and longest running jazz events in the world will be held on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. This year's festival headliners include Earth, Wind & Fire, Trombone Shorty, Terence Blanchard, Dave...


Repost: Song for the Summer Solstice

Jun 21, 2014

By the time you've read this posting, the Summer Solstice will have occurred. For those scientifically inclined, that's the moment when  the sun's apparent position on the celestial sphere reaches its greatest distance above or below the celestial equator, about 23 1/2° of arc. At the time of summer solstice,  the sun...


Horace Silver (1928-2014)

Jun 19, 2014

The passing of Horace Silver yesterday at the age of 85 takes me back to the beginning of my real jazz education in the early 1970’s.

My Dad, Bert Siegel, was a jazz fan and persistent record collector. Some of my earliest memories involve hearing the music he played on the Hi-Fi. He played double bass and accordion...