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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.

2018 Grammy Nominees Announced

Nov 29, 2017

Hearty congratulations go out to those who were honored with Grammy Award nominations today. In the Jazz categories, the nominees are:
Best Improvised Jazz Solo
• “Can't Remember Why” - Sara Caswell, soloist
• “Dance Of Shiva” - Billy Childs, soloist
• “Whisper Not” - Fred Hersch, soloist
•...


The Official SNC Song of Thanksgiving Day - "Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)"

Nov 23, 2017

We all have much to be thankful for today, and so let us begin the day by sharing the sentiments of this song, written by Irving Berlin and sung here by Diana Krall, the Official Straight No Chaser Song of Thanksgiving Day:

When I'm worried and I can't sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep
And I fall asleep...


Nov 10, 2017

When you look at Gary Meek’s name on this podcast, you might wonder if you had heard him play before. The answer is an emphatic yes – a session and sideman par excellence, Meek has spent most of his career playing saxophone and other reed instruments for the likes of Airto Moreira & Flora Purim, Jeff Lorber,...


Oct 10, 2017

One hundred years ago today, the man who would forever change the way jazz piano was played was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Thelonious Sphere Monk would go on to be that rare artist whose career spanned almost all of the important historical genres, and who earned the right to be called the “Genius of Modern...


The Official Straight No Chaser Song of Independence Day

Jul 4, 2017

American Independence Day 2014. Nancy and I will celebrate in England but back here at home, others celebrate with cookouts, fireworks and concerts, but often fail to recall the brave words that were written by our forefathers in Philadelphia in 1776:

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one...