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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.

Noted in Passing 2018

Dec 26, 2018

We lost a number of major talents in the jazz world this year, but perhaps none were more of a shock than the passing of trumpeter Roy Hargrove at the age of 49. Far too young, with way too much music left inside him. Just last week we lost singer Nancy Wilson.

Well-known performers we list this year include...


The Official Straight No Chaser Song of Christmas Day - "Peace"

Dec 25, 2018

Merry Christmas to you all. I am a practicing Jew who does not celebrate Christmas as the birth of the messiah. However, I can appreciate the universal themes of peace, love and understanding that are prevalent this time of year, and so the Official Straight No Chaser song of Christmas Day is "Peace" written by Horace...


The Official Straight No Chaser Song of Christmas Eve

Dec 24, 2018

t's December 24, which means that once again it's time to break out the Official Straight No Chaser Song of Christmas Eve. It's not really a song, actually, but Louis Armstrong reciting "Twas the Night Before Christmas", in his inimitable raspy voice.

Recorded on February 26, 1971 at his home in Queens, New York, this...



The Jazzbo "Twas the Night Before Christmas"

Dec 22, 2018

For years I've been sharing this with you. Originally published in Mad Magazine #52 Jan 1960. It never gets old.

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the pad,
Not a hipster was swinging, not even old Dad;
The chimney was hung in the stocking routine,
In hopes that “The Fat Man” would soon make the...