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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 14, 2018

Christmas jazz, Christmas jazz. You love it, you hate it. But this time of year it’s ubiquitous, and we at Straight No Chaser embrace it as a seasonal joy.

This year we bring you two different Christmas Jazz podcasts to give you uninterrupted holiday music as you go about your fa-la-la-ing and dashing through the snow. The first is a collection from some of my favorite Christmas jazz albums, including tracks from Diana Krall, Jimmy Smith, Kurt Elling, George Conerdy and Oscar Peterson.  I even threw in a track from A Joey Alexander Christmas, one of this year’s best new holiday CDs. The second, posting later this week is a collection of lesser-heard holiday tunes, with titles like “Call Collect on Christmas” and “Old Fashioned Christmas.”

And so Podcast 651 brings you tidings of comfort and joy from Nancy and me to you, featuring familiar tunes like:

Diana Krall – “Christmas Time is Here”

Mark Whitfield – “Those Soulful Jingle Bells”

Tony Bennett – “The Christmas Waltz”

Joey Alexander – “O Come All Ye Faithful”

Rene Marie – “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow”

Jimmy Smith – “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen”

Stanley Jordan – “Silent Night”

Dianne Reeves – “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

George Conerdy – “Away in a Manger”

Yellowjackets – “Deck the Halls”

Kurt Elling – “We Three Kings”

Oscar Peterson – “White Christmas”

India.Arie & Joe Sample – “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm”

New York Jazz Trio – “A Holly Jolly Christmas”