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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 2, 2013

It was four years back that I caught George Benson onstage in Saratoga, New York performing "An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole." Benson brought along his usual backing band, but also added a small orchestra to supply the necessary string power that the ballads needed. The result was tremendously entertaining....


Happy Birthday to the Jazziest Stone

Jun 2, 2013

Charlie Watts, the only member of the Rolling Stones to release outright jazz albums, turns 72 years old today. Co-incidentally, his fellow Stone Ronnie Wood celebrated his birthday yesterday.

Watts was always a serious jazz fan, while his fellow Stones tended toward Blues exclusively. In the 1980's Watts created...