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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 19, 2020

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 tradition,...


The First Post of 2020 - "A Change is Gonna Come"

Jan 1, 2020

Most years, this first Straight No Chaser posting is of "Let's Start the New Year Right" by Irving Berlin, sung by that great crooner (and underrated influence on all jazz singers), Bing Crosby.

But 2020 is not going to be a normal year. It may well be the most important year of my lifetime here in the USA,. A...


The Official Straight No Chaser Song of New Year's Eve

Dec 31, 2019

To all who are traveling on an evening that often becomes "amateur night" take extra care and pick that designated driver!

A perennial favorite song for New Year's Eve, and the Official SNC Song of the evening is Frank Loesser's classic, "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?"  It was written in 1947, when Loesser was...


The Official Straight No Chaser Song of Christmas Day

Dec 25, 2019

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...


The Official Straight No Chaser Song of Christmas Eve

Dec 24, 2019

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...