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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.

Happy Birthday, Benny Goodman!

May 30, 2011

"Goodman was one of the most incredible players the field has ever known. It wasn’t just that his own improvisation was marvelous, the spirit, the verve, the vitality, even humor he played with, but the sheer technical mastery. He played that thing like it was a yo-yo. The only thing comparable from a...


Blue Mexico

May 25, 2011

While most female singers are covering the Great American Songbook, Magos Herrera has returned to her native Mexico for an album of material from the country’s Golden Age of cinema and television. Sung mostly in Spanish, Mexico Azul is an enjoyable mix of jazz sensibilities with traditional Mexican songs,...


Bob Dylan at 70 - "I Was So Much Older Then, I'm Younger Than That Now"

May 24, 2011

Last year I celebrated old Bob's 69th birthday with a podcast that included jazz versions of Dylan classics by Cassandra Wilson, Nina Simone, Stanley Turrentine, Michael Moore and Keith Jarrett. If you missed that podcast, here's a new link to it for your enjoyment on his 70th birthday.

If you want some...


Happy Birthday, Artie Shaw

May 23, 2011

Artie Shaw, one of the early "rock stars" of the jazz world was born 101 years ago today. To celebrate his birthday, here’s the preface to Tom Nolan’s well-received book on Shaw, Three Chords For Beauty’s Sake: The Life Of Artie Shaw:

In the exuberant decade between 1935 and 1945, when America’s indigenous...