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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 24, 2015

We haven’t had a good jazz super-group in a couple of years now.  The last time I could really put that tag on a group was the Five Peace Band, led by pianist Chick Corea and guitar legend John McLaughlin, who formed their first group together since playing with Miles Davis decades earlier. They added Kenny...



Jun 23, 2015

If it’s the start of summer, then it must be time for the Summer Jazz Festival season to begin in earnest, and for me that means the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center June 27-28.  This year’s festival keeps with prior year’s thematic goals of presenting both marquee names...


The Official Straight No Chaser Song of Father’s Day : "Song for My Father"

Jun 21, 2015

The Official Straight No Chaser Song of Father’s Day is, of course, Horace Silver’s “Song for My Father”. A hard bop classic, the original was released in 1965 and featured Silver on piano, Joe Henderson playing the unmistakable melody on sax, Carmell Jones doubling Henderson on trumpet, Teddy Smith on bass and...


Repost: Song for the Summer Solstice

Jun 21, 2015

By the time you've read this posting, the Summer Solstice will have occurred. For those scientifically inclined, that's the moment when the sun's apparent position on the celestial sphere reaches its greatest distance above or below the celestial equator, about 23 1/2° of arc. At the time of summer solstice, the sun is...