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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.

Sep 29, 2012

This is the 300th podcast for my show! It hardly seems possible that when I started eight years ago I would have this much to show for it, and over 1.1 million downloads from around the world.

To celebrate, I thought I would take a moment to examine the song from which the blog takes its title - "Straight, No...


Around the Web: Six Bass Players Discuss Jaco Pastorius

Sep 27, 2012

Paste magazine tends to deal with alternative rock music, but from time to time they come through with an interesting jazz posting. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the passing of the great bass player Jaco Pastorius, they gathered six bass players to talk about his legacy.

Click here for a read, as six...


50 Years Ago Today: The Duke Catches a Trane in Jersey

Sep 26, 2012

It's a question that jazz fans had to ponder. Why did the venerable Duke Ellington decide to record a session with John "Sheets of Sound" Coltrane? Fifty years ago to day they met at Rudy Van Gelder Studios, in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, to record tracks that would become an Impulse! Records releae early the next...


Happy Birthday, John Coltrane!

Sep 23, 2012

September 23 marks the anniversary of the birth of John William Coltrane in Hamlet, North Carolina. His impact on the world of jazz is still being felt three quarters of a century later.

One of the more unusal aspects of Coltrane's legacy is the founding of the St.John Coltrane African Orthodox Church in San...


Sep 21, 2012

Is “Stretch Music” is the new Next Big Thing in Jazz, and perhaps music in general?  I had discussions about the music released recently by Robert Glasper and Christian Scott with several writers covering the Detroit International Jazz Festival earlier this month, and they all felt that a number of...