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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.

Dec 31, 2014

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 Offical SNC Song of the evening is Frank Loesser's classic, "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" Written in 1947, when Loesser was already an...

Noted in Passing 2014

Dec 29, 2014

2014 was a very difficult year for the jazz community, as a number of its leading lights passed on to what a friend of mine would call the “Celestial Band”. In the ten plus years I have been blogging, I do not recall a year when we lost the likes of Charlie Haden (bass), Horace Silver (piano), Jim Hall (guitar),...

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

Dec 25, 2014

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 prevelant this time of year, and so the Offical Straight No Chaser song of Christmas Day is "Peace", written by Horace...

The Offical Straight No Chaser Song of Christmas Eve

Dec 24, 2014

It's December 24, which means that once again it's time to break out the Official Straight No Chaser Song of Christmas Eve. It's not really a song, actually, but Louis Armstrong reciting "Twas the Night Before Christmas", in his inimitable raspy voice.

Recorded on February 26, 1971 at his home in Queens, New York, this...

Fifty Years Ago Today: Wayne Shorter Speaks No Evil

Dec 24, 2014

Wayne Shorter had only recently been drafted into Miles Davis’ Quintet when he entered Rudy Van Gelder’s studios in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Shorter had already released five albums under his own name, and had been a leader during the previous five years with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.

The sessions...