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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.

Feb 25, 2020

"It has been said that a Scotchman has not seen the world until he has seen Edinburgh; and I think that I may say that an American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi Gras in New Orleans." - Mark Twain

Today is Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras day. I'm in New England, a long way from the festivities in body,...


Feb 24, 2020

Now that Dayna Stephens seems fully recovered from the life-threatening illness (focal segmental glomerulosclerosis) that limited his touring for years, it’s a pleasure to see him getting the chance to make the recordings he has dreamed of making. His latest CD, Liberty, is his first full-scale trio session, bringing...


Feb 14, 2020

Lyle Mays played an important role in my jazz education. For people looking for innovative music in the Seventies, the music of the Pat Metheny Group, co-founded by Metheny and Mays, was a revalation. From the soaring sound of their self-titled "White Album" on ECM through their evolution as a band - and they WERE...


Feb 14, 2020

Some consider Valentine's Day a "Hallmark Holiday" designed to extract money for cards, flowers and chocolate. Others consider it a day to celebrate the glory of love,  Either way, you probably are aware of the day, like it or not. 

In the Straight No Chaser effort to make Valentine's Day a bit easier for our loyal...


Feb 12, 2020

The first truly memorable release of 2020 comes out on ECM tomorrow when Here Be Dragons  drops.  The third album by Israeli saxophonist Oded Tzur and his quartet, it is a melodic and sometimes transcendent album, contemplative with a shimmering beauty that belies the intensity that lies just below the surface.

Oded’s...