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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 Today: Monk at the It Club

Oct 31, 2014


Oct 28, 2014

In past years I’ve done a Halloween podcast featuring songs with scary titles – check out these beauties from 2012, 2011 and 2009 – and last year I changing course a bit, and all the songs mentioned the Prince of Darkness, Ol’ Scratch, Lucifer – yes, the Devil -  in the title of the song or album. For...


Oct 26, 2014

My wife Nancy and I will be in attendance at the Beacon Theatre in New York City Monday night when the Allman Brothers Band plays their next-to-last live performance together. After 45 years of existence, the venerable band has decided they will no longer perform as a group, and will go on to other projects.

Few rock...


Oct 23, 2014

Mark Elf is one of the most unsung guitar heroes in jazz today. His performance and composition abilities are outstanding, and he plays with a fire and soulfulness that many hotshot players lack. Check out any of his recordings on his own Jen Bay Records imprint, to hear someone at the height of his powers. For my...


Alicia Olatuja's "Timeless" Solo Debut at BRIC Tonight

Oct 16, 2014

A rising star gets her chance to shine tonight when Alicia Olatuja celebrates the release of her solo debut CD Timeless with a performance at the BRIC Ballroom in Brooklyn, New York. Ms. Olatuja and her pure, shimmering voice have been on the fringes of the music scene for the past few years. It was her voice, rising...