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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 28, 2013

This week at Straight No Chaser we will continue focusing on some of the finest guitar players in the world of jazz.. Hopefully by now you have enjoyed Podcast 336, which featured a conversation with Japan-born/Boston-based guitarist Yuto Kazamto. Today we feature another talented six string slinger, Jonathan...

A Tribute to Dr. Byrd from Blue Note

Feb 28, 2013

We noted in passing Donald Byrd earlier this month, and you have made Podcast 335, my tribute to the late trumpet player one of the most downloaded in recent memory. Clearly, he is a musical figure who will be missed.

Blue Note, the label for which much of his best work was recorded, has searched their archives and is...

Feb 11, 2013

Valentine’s Day can be a tricky day.

If you remember it, but that special someone in your life doesn’t, there can be hell to pay.

 If you spend the big bucks on flowers, chocolate, etc., etc. and your special someone didn’t want you to break the budget, you feel like a dolt.

Is it too soon in the relationship...

Feb 11, 2013

An exciting new jazz guitarist, 26 year old Yuto Kanazawa, will release his CD Earthwards this week to coincide with his appearance at Sculler’s in Boston, MA. Earthwards – also the name of his backing group - will be a world-wide affair, including saxophonist Mario Castro from Puerto Rico, clarinetist Felix Peikli...

Congratulations to the Jazz Winners at the Grammy Awards

Feb 11, 2013

For the third time in the past decade, jazz has caught the attention of Grammy voters in a most unusual way.

Recent wins by Herbie Hancock (Album of the Year for River - The Joni Letters; 2008) and Esperanza Spalding (pictured, Best New Artist, 2011) seem to have paved the way for voters to honor artists who defy a...