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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.

Oct 29, 2011

Halloween is here again, which means its almost time to make up a batch of my famous pumpkin martinis to carry Nancy and me through the evening’s trick or treaters. And it’s also time for my semi-annual podcast of jazz songs with spooky titles. Click here for a bevy of ghouls and goblins, witches and devils, all...


Dan Blake Honors His Elders

Oct 28, 2011

The Aquarian Suite is one of the CDs you look at and say, “Don’t I know these guys from somewhere…?”. If you are any kind of jazz fan, the answer is an unequivocal yes.

Blake has risen to prominence working for artists like Esperanza Spalding, Julian Lage and Danilo Perez. He is a saxophone player with great...


Snow Forecasted for October; Christmas CDs to Blame

Oct 28, 2011

The weather forecast for Western Massachusetts includes a Winter Storm Watch, expecting 5 plus inches of wet snow.  On October 29, this is not acceptable. Trick or Treat in galoshes, anyone?

Naturally, I am looking for someone to blame. And I have decided the reason for the wintry weather is the arrival of Christmas...


Dee Dee speaks out at FAO's World Food Day

Oct 27, 2011

In observation of the 31st United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s World Food Day and coinciding with the 66th anniversary of the founding of the FAO, a special ceremony is being held in New York City October 27th that will bring together the prominent people and opinion leaders from UN system, humanitarian...