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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.

Jan 15, 2021

As America stands at a political crossroads this coming week with the inauguration of a new President, Wynton Marsalis has written and recorded a timely collection of songs that beg to be heard, The Democracy! Suite was composed by Marsalis during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis as a response to the political, social, and...


Jan 13, 2021

Blue Engine Records, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s in-house record label continues to bring us musical recordings the show the many facets of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s sound and repertoire. In late 2020 they released A Swingin’ Sesame Street Celebration, which accompanied a PBS broadcast premiere of a...


Jan 12, 2021

The great jazz clubs of the 1940's and 1950's are fondly remembered, but what do we actually have to show from that era? There are live recordings for sure, but how do we try to recapture the magic that happened inside those hallowed halls?
 
In Sittin' In: Jazz Clubs of the 1940s and 1950s (Harper Design),...


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

Dec 31, 2020

I can't imagine there would be much traveling on this COVID-19 New Year's Eve, but if so, please 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...


Dec 28, 2020

2020 was an especially cruel year for jazz musicians, and we lost so many talented masters this year that I don't think I have completely grasped the impact their passing will have. A few we lost to COVID-19, others simply to old age. Some of the eleven musicians I honor in Podcast 786 were friends, and others were...