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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 28, 2020

2020 was an especially cruel year for jazz musicians, and we lost so many talented masters this year that I don't think I have completely grasped the impact their passing will have. A few we lost to COVID-19, others simply to old age. Some of the eleven musicians I honor in Podcast 786 were friends, and others were true idols of mine. All will be terribly missed. Take some time to listen to "Noted in Passing 2020" featuring the music of:

Wallace Roney (pictured above)- "Children of the Light" from Jazz

Jimmy Health - "Fashion or Passion" from Love Letters

Lee Konitz - "317 East 32nd" from Costumes are Mandatory with Ethan Iverson, Larry Grenadier and Jorge Rossy. 

Annie Ross - "Love for Sale" from Sings a Hatful of Songs

McCoy Tyner - "Blues on the Corner" from The Real McCoy

Tony Allen - "A Night in Tunisia" from A Tribute to Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers

Freddy Cole - "Don't Change Your Mind About Me" from This is the Life

Jimmy Cobb - The Title Track from The Meeting

Gary Peacock - "In Walked Po'" from Just So Happens with Bill Frisell

Ellis Marsalis - "Lulu's Back in Town" from Loved Ones with Branford Marsalis

Jeff Clayton - "Goodbye Porkpie Hat" from The L.A. Treasures Project with the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra

Time prevents me from including the music of the late Diane Moser, Andy Gonzalez, Henry Grimes, Candido Camero, Stanley Cowell, Steve Grossman, Stanley Crouch, Helen Jones Woods, Eddie Gale, Vic Juris, Richie Cole, Jymie Merritt, Jack Sheldon, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ray Mantilla, Larry Willis, Manu Dibango, Richard Wyans and Ginger Baker. 

I also lost my uncle Arthur Freed to COVID-19. He was one of the earliest influences on my musical taste, and in who's bedroom I first heard - and was appalled by - Bitches Brew. I will miss him very much.