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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.

Happy Birthday to the Jazziest Stone

Jun 2, 2013

Charlie Watts, the only member of the Rolling Stones to release outright jazz albums, turns 72 years old today. Co-incidentally, his fellow Stone Ronnie Wood celebrated his birthday yesterday.

Watts was always a serious jazz fan, while his fellow Stones tended toward Blues exclusively. In the 1980's Watts created and led a Big Band that included well-known jazz artists like Courtney Pine and Evan Parker, as well as fellow jazz-enthusiast and rock-legend Jack Bruce. By the early Nineteis he had created and recorded with a quintet, and most recently with a Tentet for his Watts at Scott's live CD. He has shown a real proclivity for the music of Charlie Parker, and he has recorded the odd jazzy version of a Stones tune as well.

Click here to listen to "Chasing Reality" from the Watts at Scotts CD. For a previous Podcast featuring jazz artists covering the music of the Rolling Stones, click here.