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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.

Mar 23, 2011

Sunday evening, Spring sneaked in and finally put an end to the most tiresome winter I can recall.

Monday morning, we got an inch or so of snow. More on Wednesday.

Sigh.

With Mother Nature failing to cooperate, the best way to get in a spring mood is to listen to some jazz with a spring theme. With that in mind,...


An Epic New Anthology from Smithsonian Folkways

Mar 21, 2011

JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology, the new 111-track, 6-CD, 200-page compendium of the great American musical invention, traces the turning points of this 20th-century tale through its legendary innovators and notable styles. The great American musical invention of the 20th century, jazz is an ever-youthful, still...


The Yellowjackets Bop Back

Mar 18, 2011

For 30 years, the Yellowjackes have stood as one of the top bands to walk the precariously thin lines between fusion, smooth and straight ahead jazz. Keyboardist Russell Ferante and bassist Jimmy Haslip have had a number of different players pass through the group, which might account for some of the uneveness in...


Mar 14, 2011

New Orleans’ own Dr. John has been recording for more than 50 years. He is steeped in the rhythms and traditions of the city, and has spent his career championing its music. As he told New Orleans rhythm & blues historian Jeff Hannusch, “[New Orleans music] is part of whatever I’m about. The importance of it...


Forty Years After "At the Fillmore East"

Mar 12, 2011

For my money, the greatest live album ever recorded is the Allman Brothers Band's "At Fillmore East". Released in the summer of 1971, it has the band at their improvsational greatest, and stands as what one writer called their "spooky pinnacle" as a live act. The album was recorded during two shows at Bill...