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Straight No Chaser - A Jazz Show

Welcome to Straight No Chaser, the Award-winning Podcast hosted by Jeffrey Siegel

Jun 15, 2021

Podcast 823 is the second of my two-part conversation with pianist Todd Cochran, who has ended an 8 year hiatus to release Then and Again, Here & Now by the TC3. That group, led by Cochran on piano, features his long-time collaborators John Leftwich on bass and Michael Carvin on drums. Composed mostly of jazz standards,...


Jun 13, 2021

Todd Cochran’s lengthy career has taken him from work with masters like Bobby Hutcherson and Freddie Hubbard, through groundbreaking electric and jazz-soul sounds under his name and under this Afrocentric name Bayeté, to backing rock acts from Santana to Peter Gabriel to Joan Armatrading. He has continued his first...


Jun 2, 2021

Sixty-plus years ago, J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding released Jay and Kai, an album that set the standard for twin trombone jazz (to be fair, the pair did not appear on all the tracks - Wayne Andre and Carl Fontana filled in for J.J. on one track). There have not been a plethora of two trombone bands since those sessions,...


Jun 1, 2021

Podcast 820 is a little different from some previous postings. I’m happy to bring you a conversation with a noted jazz musician, but rather than talk to him about his latest release, we’ll be talking about his Podcast. Noted bassist Todd Coolman has recently jumped into the world of podcasting with “The Cool...


May 26, 2021

It’s always a pleasure to talk to a jazz artist who has just released their first recording as a bandleader or solo artist. There is a certain excitement in discovering something new, and the energy in our conversation is usually palpable.

When you release your first recording as a leader when you have been a gigging...