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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.

Song of the Day: "Martin was a Man, a Real Man"

Jan 15, 2018

To honor the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King on the anniversary of his birth, here is the Official Straight No Chaser song of the holiday - “Martin was a Man, a Real Man” as recorded by Oliver Nelson in 1969. The band for the recording included Nelson, Pearl Kaufmann and Roger Kellaway (piano); Chuck Domanico...


The Official Straight No Chaser Song of New Year's Day

Jan 1, 2018

New Year's Day - a day of hangovers, resolution writing, college football games, and general recovery. Nancy and I are off to her Cousin Jimmy's open house for an afternoon of family, cut-throat board games, college bowl games that actually matter, and polite grazing of potluck.

A happy new year to one and all - let's...


The Official Straight No Chaser Song of New Year's Eve

Dec 31, 2017

To all who are traveling on an evening that often becomes "amateur night" take extra care and pick that designated driver!

A perennial favorite song for New Year's Eve, and the Official SNC Song of the evening is Frank Loesser's classic, "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?"  It was written in 1947, when Loesser was...


Noted in Passing 2017

Dec 28, 2017

2017 has again been a cruel year for musical passings. The jazz world lost more than its share of  legendary artists, including singers Jon Hendricks, Keely Smith and Al Jarreau; pianist Muhal Richard Abrams; drummers Sonny Murray and Ben Riley (Thelonious Monk); pianist Geri Allen; producer-arranger David Axelrod;...


The Official Straight No Chaser Song of Christmas Day: "Peace"

Dec 25, 2017

Merry Christmas to you all. I am a practicing Jew who does not celebrate Christmas as the birth of the messiah. However, I can appreciate the universal themes of peace, love and understanding that are prevalent this time of year, and so the Official Straight No Chaser song of Christmas Day is "Peace" written by Horace...