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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.

On NPR: "Two Takes On Christmas Music: Sweet And Sour"

Dec 20, 2011

If you're not  NPR Morning Edition junkies like the Siegel family, you might have missed a great piece this morning about Bob Dorough and Miles Davis' "Blue Xmas", a track I featured as part of the 25 Days of Jazzmas last week. Click here to listen to the story, including talk with Dorough:

"You know, we always called...


Celebrating Hanukkah with Avi Wisnia

Dec 20, 2011

I just read a really wonderful, succinct version of the story of Hanukkah, the "Festival of Lights" celebrated by Jews around the world beginning this evening in the Huffington Post. I urge you to read it, and if you have friends and family who are unfamilar with the holiday, which is in no way to be called the "Jewish...


25 Days of Jazzmas: "Merry Christmas Baby"

Dec 20, 2011

No one swings Christmas quite like Ramsey Lewis. The Sound of Christmas, recorded at Ter-Mar Studios, Chicago, Illinois in 1961, is one of the top Jazz Christmas recordings of all-time (the sequel More Sounds of Christmas ain't bad either). The album kicks off with this version of the R&B Christmas standard written by...


25 Days of Jazzmas: "Skating"

Dec 20, 2011

Again, sometimes people say it better than I can. Check out this posting from Rob Jones on The Delete Bin last year:,

Listen to a classic Christmas melody from West Coast jazz preponent and Charlie Brown soundtrack purveyors Vince Guaraldi Trio, featuring Guaraldi  himself on piano. It’s “Skating”, a piece is...