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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.

Mar 20, 2016

The Spring is truly the season of spiritual awakening and celebration. Holy week for those of the Christian faith is underway, coming early on the calendar this year. As a result, the Jewish holiday of Purim, rather than Passover, tis this coming week. The festival of Vaisaki, celebrated by Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs iis their Spring holiday, just as Theravada, the New Year festival for Theravada Buddhists, is celebrated. Soon will begin the Baha'i festival of Ridvan, and Pagan/Wiccan followers commemorate the end of the Celtic Tree Month Alder and beginning of the Celtic Tree Month of Willow. 

It’s a blessing that these festivals of many faiths all come in the early Spring , reminding us of the great similarities and wonderful differences that make up these faiths. In order to celebrate this season of spirituality, I offer my annual podcast of jazz with a spiritual strain running through the tunes in Podcast 525 (previous Podcasts can be found for 2015,  2014,  2013, 2011, and 2010), including:

Wynton Marsalis - "Psalm 29"

Vibration Society - "Spirits Up Above"

Pharoah Sanders - "Prince of Peace"

Albert Ayler - "Saints"

Mark Weinstein - "Mizmor L'David"

Marcus Miller - "The Lord's Prayer"

Dirty Dozen Brass Band - "Amazing Grace"

Winard Harper - "The Prayer"

Kamasi Washington - "Seven Prayers"

Kirk Whalum - "Love is the Answer"

Wynton Marsalis - "Psalm 29"