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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.

Fifty Years Ago: Eric Dolphy went "Out to Lunch!"

Feb 24, 2014

Eric Dolphy recorded only one album for the famous Blue Note label, but what an album it was!

Fifty years ago on February 24th, Dolphy led a quintet into Rudy Van Gelder's studio and created music that I can only describe as "mainstream avant-garde," a collection of five songs that have the fire and open feel of Ornette...


A Really "Big Picture"

Feb 20, 2014

A few months back I had the pleasure of having a conversation with David Krakauer, the noted clarinetist and “Radical Jewish Music” pioneer and to post it as Podcast 377.  During the course of our talk, he mentioned his then-future project The Big Picture, a multi-media presentation that would merge many of his...


Feb 17, 2014

A lot of CDs cross my desk, and an unusually large number of female vocalists. While some stand out, most are fairly generic treatments of the Great American Songbook. Enjoyable, but not really worth repeated listening.

And then I heard Cheryl Barnes.

For several decades, Cheryl’s versatility has encompassed many...


A Q-and-A with Pat Metheny

Feb 15, 2014

Pat Metheny took another unexpected musical turn two years ago when he hooked up with saxophonist Chris Potter to create the Unity Group. Initially a quartet anchored by young Ben Williams on bass and long-time Metheny drummer Antonio Sanchez, the second CD release from the band includes a new...


"Quiet Time" for Quiet Times

Feb 13, 2014

A few weeks back I did my consumer reporting duty and advised readers/listeners who were looking for a CD of romantic music to give as a Valentine’s Day present to find Cava Menzies and Nick Phillips’ Moment to Moment. While not a collection of love songs or even familiar standards (with an exception or two), the...