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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.

Monday Mixtapes

Jan 31, 2011

Once again, I call your attention to the great blog Breathe of Life, where every Monday three new "mixtapes" of classic, contemporary and cover tunes. These mixtapes are only available for one week, so be sure to check early and often.

There are two exceptional jazz  mixtapes availabel right now - The Quintet...


Jan 14, 2011

I try to begin each new year with a look back at the most memorable releases I had the pleasure to listen to over the previous twelve months. These are not necessarily the "best" of 2010, just a few of my favorite things, like:

Notable Releases 

Danilo Perez – Providencia.

Jason Moran - Ten 

Cassandra...


Jan 12, 2011

Blind since an accident in his first few days of life, Raul Midon is a musician who refuses to be categorized. His guitar playing and sensibilities speak of jazz; his voice a mix of old school R&B and improvisational scat; his songwriting showing influences of any number of genres from around the world.

His latest...


Jan 8, 2011

At the age of 29, alto saxophonist Jackie McLean had already recorded six albums for Blue Note Records, and been a key sideman on sessions for other Blue Note stalwarts like Freddie Redd, Donald Byrd, Tina Brooks, Jimmy Smith and Walter Davis. He had been onstage for the Living Theater’s famous play “The...


Jan 7, 2011

When someone looks for a top-notch drummer for their sessions, you can be sure that Kendrick Scott is on the short list. Besides anchoring Terence Blanchard's band for years, Scott has recorded and toured with the likes of The Crusaders, Lizz Wright, Dianne Reeves, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Joe Lovano and Kenny...