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Straight No Chaser - A Jazz Show

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

Sep 18, 2021

One of the finest bass players of the past fifty years has passed away. George Mraz (1944-2021) had been seriously ill after surgery a few years back, and never truly recovered.

I was inspired to prepare this podcast after reading a Facebook comment by bassist Todd Coolman. He wrote:

“There is not much I can add to...


Sep 17, 2021

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) is beginning its live, in-person programming in the coming week (see Podcast     for a preview) and in six weeks will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the annual TD James Moody Jazz Festival, showcasing an all-star lineup of the country’s best musicians. Held in and...


Sep 17, 2021

Jazz supergroup The Cookers announce their return to the scene with their first album in five years, Look Out! The band is currently composed of Billy Harper (tenor sax), Cecil McBee (bass), George Cables (piano), Eddie Henderson and David Weiss (trumpet), plus two newly minted Jazz Masters from the National Endowment...


Sep 9, 2021

Kate McGarry’s 2018 collaboration with life and stage partner Keith Ganz, The Subject Tonight Is Love was a song cycle that addressed love in its many different forms and iterations. From Rodgers and Hart to the Beatles to their own tunes, the album was uniformly wonderful, and featured many of their long-time...