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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.

Dec 12, 2017

Straight No Chaser is getting into the holiday spirit with this Podcast post! I don’t call it “Nuthin’ But Christmas” for nuthin ‘ – here’s an hour of Christmas themed jazz for you to enjoy while running those holiday errands, decorating the house, or best of all, sitting before a fire and sipping a cocktail with a loved one.

This year’s mix includes tracks from some new Holiday releases like Champian Fulton’s Christmas with Champian and Leslie Odom Jr.’s Simply Christmas; a pair from recent takes on the Great American Songbook (Seal’s Standards and Gregory Porter’s Nat King Cole & Me) and a bunch of my favorites from over the years, from Sidney Bechet to Chet Baker to Eric Reed. I even include a few tracks that don’t necessarily scream “Christmas!”, like Ted Rosenthal’s “Snowscape”. We’ve got pianos and we’ve got vocals, a bit of gospel and some Nawlins spice from Dr. John. I think you’re going to enjoy it!

In case you want to queue up a plethora of past Christmas podcasts, going all the way back to 2009, click through here to get Podcasts 555, 512, 511, 400, 324, 248, 199 and 172.

This year’s Podcast includes:

Champian Fulton – “Christmas Time is Here”

Wycliffe Gordon - “Greensleeves (What Child is This?)”

Ted Rosenthal Trio – “Snowscape”

Dr. John – “Silent Night”

Paul Bley with Charles Mingus and Art Blakey – “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”

Leslie Odom Jr. – “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

Sidney Bechet – “Spirit Holiday”

Stan Kenton – “We Three Kings of Orient Are”

Warren Barker – “Itty Bitty Baby (A Christmas Spiritual}”

Seal – “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow”

Diana Krall with the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra – “White Christmas”

Benny Green – “A Merrier Christmas”

Jimmy McGriff – “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”

Chet Baker – “Winter Wonderland (78 Take)”

Eric Reed – “Santa Baby”

Gregory Porter – “The Christmas Song”