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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.

The Official SNC Song of New Year's Eve

Dec 31, 2009

Call it "amateur night" or a glamorous evening, New Year's Eve is a key date on everyone's social calendar. Once again I'll be spending the evening in with my wife Nancy and our dogs, Angus and Hamish, eating and drinking to excess and watching old movies.

A perennial favorite song for New Year's Eve, and the Offical...

Noted in Passing 2009

Dec 30, 2009

All the merriment of the holiday season takes a breather here as we remember those wonderful musicians and jazz figures we lost this year, including:

Composer George Russell, Les Paul, the father of the electric guitar; noted singers Blossom Dearie (click here to listen to "Everything I've Got", a track from...

The King of ECM

Dec 29, 2009

Last month celebrates the 40th anniversary of ECM Records, and I offered a number of postings featuring music from this iconic label, including a new CD by Jan Garbarek.  For me, one artist represents ECM better than any other - Keith Jarrett.

Jarrett had learned his craft playing with Art Blakey and Charles Lloyd,...

Fifty Years Ago Today - "Spring is Here"

Dec 28, 2009

Looking outside, I can unequivocably state - Spring is NOT here.

But fifty years ago today, Bill Evans was hard at work at what would become Portrait in Jazz, one of his best efforts for Riverside records. I'm not sure if Bill had his tongue firmly in cheek, or whether he simply loved the song, but Rodgers & Hart's

The Official SNC Song of Christmas Day

Dec 25, 2009

A 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...