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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.

May 16, 2020

If we were not living through the nightmare of COVID-19, promoter Danny Melnick of Absolutely Live Entertainment would be busy with jazz shows across the world, and would be gearing up for presenting the Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival.  But these are strange days indeed, and Danny finds that all of his hard work has...


Apr 16, 2020

We've lost another giant.

Lee Konitz, the alto sax player whose career spanned from bebop in the clubs of Broadway to the present has passed away from COVID-19 related issues. he was 92.

One of the players introduced to me by my father, Konitz found a way to do it all during his 70 odd years in jazz. He helped...


Apr 14, 2020

A lengthy conversation with Wolfgang Muthspiel has been a long overdue podcast to prepare for my listeners. The Austrian born guitarist, composer and record label owner has been among the most dynamic guitarists of recent years, and has made some shining albums for ECM.

His latest release, Angular Blues, is a return to...


Apr 2, 2020

Wallace Roney, one of the top trumpet players in the world today, died this week from complications from COVID-19. He was 59. 

Roney was one of the "Young Lions" that invigorated straight ahead jazz in the 1990's. Chosen by Miles Davis as his heir apparent, he was a close friend and collaborator with Miles from 1985...


Apr 1, 2020

Felipe Salles lives a few towns away from me in Western Massachusetts, but his latest album tackles a subject that concerns people from all over the Western hemisphere. The New Immigrant Experience, written and conducted by Salles with the 18-piece Interconnections Ensemble, is a powerful new multimedia work inspired by...