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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 17, 2018

As promised, this is the second Christmas Jazz podcast of 2018. As I began choosing tunes, I realized that if you poke around enough, you can find some lesser known Christmas songs, whether they are from artists writing an original tune for their Christmas album;  perhaps something from the gospel or liturgical canon; or a jazz version of an R&B or Pop classic. In any event, I kept looking until I found an hour plus of Christmas jazz that is unfamiliar to your ear. Who knows – they just might become some of your new favorites. How many “Rudolph”s can one person take after all?

And so Podcast 652 is “The Lesser Known Christmas Jazz Show”, and features:

Nils Landgren – “Christmas Is”

Aaron Diehl – “Christmas Star”

Susie Arioli – “Call Collect on Christmas”

Wynton Marsalis – “Mary Had a Baby”

Duke Pearson – “Old Fashioned Christmas”

Les McCann – “Merry Christmas Baby”

Scott Healy-Glenn Alexander Quarter – “Christmas Day”

Kurt Elling – “The Snow is Deep on the Ground/Snowfall”

Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O – “Happy Xmas (War is Over)”

Harry Connick Jr. – “I Pray On Christmas”

John Pizzarelli – “Let’s Share Christmas”

Tianna Hall & Chris Cortez – “The Angels”

Manhattan Transfer – “Caroling, Caroling”

Bobby Watson – “Vauncing Chimes”