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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.

Jun 29, 2010

My readers know by now that I rarely have very good things to say about the slew of smooth jazz recordings that come across my desk. Too often, smooth jazz becomes a dilution of the things that make jazz such a vibrant idiom - loss of memorable melody, loss of emotion and wit, loss of memorable improvisation.

It's a...


Jun 28, 2010

Jazz fans in Manhattan know that Monday Night means a trip to the Jazz Standard, where the Mingus Big Band, one of foremost ensembles playing the repertory of the legendary Charles Mingus, holds forth. Those not fortunate enough to catch the group now have a chance to experience them at their fiery best, with the...


Jun 25, 2010

There was a time when I was afraid we would lose Fred Hersch, one of the most expressive pianists on the scene (check this recent New York Times article). Stricken with HIV, the incredibly prolific perfomer and writer has none the less not missed a beat. If his latest release on Palmetto Records, Whirl, is any...


Jun 24, 2010

While the first day of summer may have come on Monday, for me summer doesn’t begin until the Freihofer’s Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, NY begins. And fans, that is this weekend.

 

For two days, an extraordinary kaleidoscope of talent from a number of different...


25 Years of Canada's Best

Jun 12, 2010

Montreal-based composer and pianist François Bourassa proudly announces a rare tour in the U.S., with concerts scheduled at The Zinc Bar in NYC (June 14), The Rochester International Jazz Festival (June 15) and The Lily Pad in Cambridge, MA (June 16).  Bourassa leads one of Canada's most acclaimed and revered jazz...