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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 Straight No Chaser Song of New Year's Eve

Dec 31, 2010

For the first time in a number of years, my wife Nancy and I are venturing out to a house party of New Year's Eve. To all who are traveling on an evening that often becomes "amateur night", take extra care and pick that deisgnated driver!

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

Dr. Billy Taylor (1921-2010)

Dec 30, 2010

Dr. Billy Taylor, a great jazz pianist, composer, educator and ambassador for music, died on Tuesday at the age of 89 from a heart attack. He will be greatly missed, particularly here in his home away from home, Western Massachusetts.

Taylor will be remembered for his residency as house pianist at Birdland during the...

Noted in Passing 2010

Dec 30, 2010

2010, like most years, gave us great music, and took from us great musicians. Among the best-known musicians lost this year were singer Abbey Lincoln (see posting), saxophonist James Moody (see posting); saxophonist and flautist Buddy Collette, who made a name for himself as a founding member of Chico...

The Official Straight No Chaser Song of Christmas Day

Dec 25, 2010

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...

The Official Straight No Chaser Song of Christmas Eve

Dec 24, 2010

It's December 24, which means that once again it's time to break out the Official Straight No Chaser Song of Christmas Eve. It's not really a song, actually, but Louis Armstrong reciting "Twas the Night Before Christmas", in his inimitable raspy voice.

Recorded on February 26, 1971 at his home in Queens, New York, this...