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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.

Aug 16, 2019

It's past the midpoint in summer in New England, so why not some summer themed music for these lazy, hot days? Today is August 16th, the feast day of Saint Roch, the patron saint of Dogs, so why not celebrate the "Dog Days"?

The Romans associated the hot weather with the star Sirius. They considered Sirius to be the...


Aug 15, 2019

One of the most memorable performances at the 2019 Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival was given by singer Veronica Swift. Backed by pianist Emmet Cohen’s trio, she transported the crowd with songs that recalled the thirties and forties, but were thoroughly modern in her approach and style. With charisma to spare,...


Aug 8, 2019

Way back in 2011, my year end podcast picked Nights on Earth, Vince Mendoza’s dazzling, sweeping work as one of the most Notable Releases of that year.  Since then, the six-time Grammy winner left his position as conductor of the Metropole Orchestra and has arranged, scored, or conducted more than thirty pop,...


Aug 7, 2019

If you think you haven’t heard the music of saxophonist Tim Ries, think again. Besides his years of touring with Maynard Ferguson and other stalwarts, plus eight CDs as leader or co-leader, he has held down the saxophone and keyboard chairs with the Rolling Stones for the past 21 years. Currently on tour with the...


Podcast 691: Previewing the 2019 Newport Jazz Festival

Jul 28, 2019

The 65th Newport Jazz Festival, presented by Natixis Investment Managers, will take place August 2-4, and artistic director Christian McBride has once again done a fine job in curating a well-rounded musical experience for Festival goers. Just as last year he mixed things up with Living Color and Parliament...