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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.

John Wooden (1911-2010)

Jun 6, 2010

The passing of John Wooden at the age of 99 has left a huge void in the world of sports. Beyond being a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (class of 1961) and as a coach (class of 1973), “the Wizard of  Westwood” won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period while at UCLA . This remains unmatched – any likely never will be matched -  by any other college basketball coach.

But all who knew him knew him as a teacher, a motivator and a sage. John Wooden's “Seven Point Creed”, given to him by his father Joshua upon his graduation from grammar school, which he kept in his wallet at all times were:

  • Be true to yourself.
  • Make each day your masterpiece.
  • Help others.
  • Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
  • Make friendship a fine art.
  • Build a shelter against a rainy day.
  • Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.

Wooden also has authored a lecture and a book about the “Pyramid of Success”. The Pyramid of Success consists of philosophical building blocks for winning at basketball and at life.


While it has nothing to do with the late Coach or basketball, the aptly titled “The Wizard” by Bill Frisell from his Disfarmer CD seems an appropraite song for the day. The recording features Frisell on electric and acoustic guitars, loops, music boxes; Greg Liesz:on steel guitars and mandolin; Jenny Scheinman on violin; and Viktor Krauss filling the bottom on bass.