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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.

Jul 28, 2011

Rufus Reid is a living legend on the bass guitar, and has been at the forefront of jazz education for more than forty years, having written the definitive book on bass technique. The Evolving Bassist has won numerous prestigious awards and prizes, and was one of the first books I picked up when I began learning to play...


Jul 27, 2011

Jazz musicians need to make a living just like everyone else. For the talented musician, this means taking advantage of opportunities not only in their main love – say, jazz – but also taking gigs in R&B, Hip-Hop, the college campus, the theatre, or anywhere else they can hone their craft.

This is the path that...


Frank Foster (1928-2011)

Jul 26, 2011

Frank Foster, a saxophonist, composer and arranger who helped shape the sound of the Count Basie Orchestra during its popular heyday in the 1950s and ’60s and later led expressive large and small groups of his own, died today at his home in Chesapeake, VA from complications of kidney failure. He was 82.]

Mr. Foster...


Jul 25, 2011

Monty Alexander has given us an embarrassment of riches. In the past ten weeks, he has released two wonderful new CDs, each featuring a very different side of his musical personality.

Alexander recorded Uplift for John Lee's Jazz Legacy label, leading a piano trio composed of himself, bassist Hassan Shakur, and...


Jul 24, 2011

Today would have been the 90th birthday of Dr. Billy Taylor, one of jazz's great pianoplayers, educators and ambassadors.He died in December 2010.

I attended a tribute to Dr. Taylor earlier this week at the University of Massachusett's Jazz in July program, one of the many educational programs Dr. Taylor helped to...