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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, 2012

To all who are traveling on an evening that often becomes "amateur night" take extra care and pick that designated driver!

A perennial favorite song for New Year's Eve, and the Offical SNC Song of the evening is Frank Loesser's classic, "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?". Written in 1947, when Loesser was already an...

Noted in Passing 2012

Dec 28, 2012

The loss of Dave Brubeck this month is just the latest of many jazz musicians we lost in 2012. Among the best known were drummers Pete LaRoca and Lionel Batiste; saxophonists Von Freeman (pictured) and David S. Ware; organist Leon Spencer; trumpeter Ted Curson; and guitarist Pete Cosey. Also noted in passing are Teddy...

The Official Straight No Chaser Song of Christmas Day: "Peace"

Dec 25, 2012

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 Offical Straight No Chaser Song of Christmas Eve

Dec 24, 2012

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...

The Jazzbo ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Dec 23, 2012

My friend Frank found this for me, and I wanted to be sure to share it with you. Originally published in Mad Magazine #52 Jan 1960. 

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the pad,
Not a hipster was swinging, not even old Dad;
The chimney was hung in the stocking routine,
In hopes that “The Fat Man” would...