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Straight No Chaser - A Jazz Show

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

Feb 17, 2014

A lot of CDs cross my desk, and an unusually large number of female vocalists. While some stand out, most are fairly generic treatments of the Great American Songbook. Enjoyable, but not really worth repeated listening.

And then I heard Cheryl Barnes.

For several decades, Cheryl’s versatility has encompassed many...

Feb 11, 2014

And now for your edification, a brief history of Valentine’s Day, courtesy of

The history of Valentine's Day is obscure, and further clouded by various fanciful legends. The holiday's roots are in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration commemorated annually on February 15....

Feb 11, 2014

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the next few days will feature some brand new releases with songs just right for your sweetheart.


We begin with George Winston’s second tribute album to the pianist nicknamed “Doctor Funk”, Love Will Come: The Music of Vince Guaraldi Volume 2. Winston came to...

Feb 5, 2014

Today makers the 100th anniversary of William Seward Burroughs II, a unique figure in the annals of American Literary and Cultural History. Burroughs, who left a mark as a writer, painter, spoken word artist, actor, gadfly and drug abuser, is one of the major figures to come out of the Beat Movement of the 1950’s,...

Feb 3, 2014

Even for an artist hailed by Ebony Magazine as one of "7 Young Players to Watch" who has studied with jazz heavyweights like Charlie Haden, Wadada Leo Smith, Dave Douglas, Joshua Redman, and Matthew Shipp, it takes considerable confidence and courage for a young musician to match wits with veteran improvisers like...