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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.

Frank Wess (1922-2013)

Oct 31, 2013

Frank Wess, a pioneering jazz flutist and tenor saxophonist, has died of kidney failure. He was 91 years old.

Born in Kansas City in 1922, Frank Wellington Wess moved to Washington D.C. with his family at age 13, in 1935. After graduating from Dunbar High School (where he was classmates with another D.C. jazz legend,...


Oct 31, 2013

Ah Halloween with all its sugary excess is upon us once again. Here in Western Massachusetts we’ve had two years in a row of tough weather around October 31st, with a freak snow storm in 2011 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Tonight they are calling for rain, but I hope the little ghouls in the neighborhood brave the...


Oct 24, 2013

To say that singer Cassandra Wilson is “versatile” is to require a redefinition of the word. She effortlessly moves from the Great American Songbook to dusky blues to reimagined 21st century pop tines with ease. She records with groups ranging from solo piano accompanists to string sections to a band playing...


Oct 21, 2013

Alexis Cuadrado is an artist in pursuit of lyricism, a lyricism that functions as a necessary contrast to the schizophrenic logic of a sick city and society; like the voice that prevails against chaos and injustice so as to make its message heard. - Melcion Mateu, author and literary critic

This blog has examined the...


Oct 10, 2013

Jazz has increasingly shown itself to be a universal musical art form. Events like International Jazz Day showcase artists from around the globe, with the music as the glue the holds together their combos and presentations. One cannot help but be optimistic about the global future, when the bandstand can accommodate...