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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.

Jun 26, 2013

In today’s jazz world, Terence Blanchard stands with only a few other musicians as a master of performance, recording, education, and composition. His desire to stretch himself artistically has resulted in dozens of Broadway, television and film scores, large scale suites, and now, an opera.

On June 15th, Opera...


Jun 25, 2013

Jason Miles was coming of age in New York during the late 1960’s, and he and his friends haunted the concert halls and clubs of the day to catch now-legendary performers. One magic evening he recalled was the night they caught Sly & the Family Stone opening for the Jimi Hendrix Experience. I checked his memory...


Bobby "Blue" Bland (1930-2013)

Jun 25, 2013

One of my favorite music writers, Dave Marsh, very eloquently discussed the passing of Bobby "Blue" Bland, the highly influential blues/soul singer:

Bobby Bland was, in his prime, the most powerful blues shouter of all time, though capable as well of a caressing tenderness. "Turn On Your Lovelight" is what the...


Jun 25, 2013

The summer jazz festival season kicks off on a high note with the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, which begins its 34th run from June 28th to July 7th. Besides presenting a series of top notch ticketed concerts, the Festival prides itself on sharing the wealth – one of their themes this year is...


Jun 23, 2013

If we are closing in on the last weekend in June, then it’s time for Summer Jazz Festivals to kick into gear.  Podcast 356 is a preview of the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, New York, held this year on June 29-30th. A following podcast will focus on the Montreal Jazz Festival,...