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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.

Repost: Podcast 406: "I Have a Dream" for Martin Luther King Day

Jan 21, 2019

Jazz speaks for life. The Blues tell the story of life's difficulties, and if you think for a moment, you will realize that they take the hardest realities of life and put them into music, only to come out with some new hope or sense of triumph.

This is triumphant music.

Modern jazz has continued in this...


Jan 20, 2019

I have always associated Joe Lovano with the Blue Note label. For 25+ years, he recorded as a leader with that august label, primarily due to his friendship with the late Bruce Lundvall. But at the same time, Lovano was a fixture at ECM, recording as sideman for John Abercrombie, Paul Motian, Marc Johnson and Steve...


Jan 18, 2019

1959 has always been one of my favorite years. It gave us “Ben-Hur”, the Guggenheim Museum, Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” and “The Twilight Zone”.  John Kennedy started his campaign for President. Heck, I was BORN in 1959.

It was an auspicious year for jazz recordings as well. Before the new decade started,...


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...