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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.

May 28, 2020

Whether its on baritone sax, alto flute or bass clarinet, Dr. Brian Landrus is among the most exciting players and composers around. Just over forty years old, and a newly minted Ph.D. from Rutgers University, Brian has been made several of the most interesting recording of the past few years. From The Deep Below in...


May 26, 2020

Jimmy Cobb, one of the most important drummers in jazz from the 1950's on, has died at the age of 91. The cause was lung cancer. 

Had he only played on Kind of Blue, the 1959 masterpiece from the Miles Davis Sextet, his mark in the jazz world would have been made. His subtle pulse, all brushes, cymbals and snare, make...


May 26, 2020

Here's Part Two of my conversation with Chris Crenshaw, a top trombonist and one of the many fascinating musicians who make up the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. In this Podcast, Chris, talks about more recent releases on Blue Engine Records from the JLCO archives, including their take on Duke Ellington's...


May 25, 2020

Blue Engine Records, the label operated by Jazz at Lincoln Center, continues to release more exciting music for us to enjoy. Reaching into their rich archives of performances form the past four years, they have recently released two albums that feature one of their top trombonists, Christopher Crenshaw.

The Fifties: A...


May 16, 2020

If we were not living through the nightmare of COVID-19, promoter Danny Melnick of Absolutely Live Entertainment would be busy with jazz shows across the world, and would be gearing up for presenting the Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival.  But these are strange days indeed, and Danny finds that all of his hard work has...