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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.

Song for Memorial Day: "Unknown Soldier" by Weather Report

May 28, 2018

To honor those who gave their lives defending America, the Straight No Chaser song of Memorial Day is Joe Zawinul’s “Unknown Soldier.” Recorded by Zawinul with Weather Report for their I Sing the Body Electric album in 1972, the band at that time was Wayne Shorter on sax, Zawinul on keyboards (and synthesizer for ...


May 24, 2018

Flutist Jamie Baum has created one of the first truly exception jazz recordings of 2018 with the release of Bridges, performed by the Jamie Baum Septet +. A Guggenheim Fellow, Ms. Baum has deftly merged what we classify as “World Music” with jazz in a way that honors both genres. By taking sounds from the Jewish...


May 19, 2018

It’s a great joy for me to find recordings that I’ve not heard before. Maybe they are vintage, maybe brand new but from small labels or self-released. There are a number of blogs much better than mine in doing this kind of crate-digging, especially Marc Myers’ JazzWax. Check it out now! 

It took singer E.J....