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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.

Jan 27, 2012

Charlie Hunter has established himself as one of the premier modern fusion/jazz-rock artists. Hunter will often find a funk groove and turn it into an amplified, wah-wah pedal induced free jam that competes with saxophones, keyboards and even violins. Since the early 1990s, Hunter has released 17 acclaimed albums...

Jan 23, 2012

PDX Jazz will honor trumpeter Thara Memory as the second annual Portland Jazz Master to kick off the 2012 US Bank Portland Jazz Festival Presented by Alaska Airlines on Friday, February 17th at 7:30pm at the Winningstad Theatre. An influential performer and educator within the Portland community for over 40 years,...

Jan 21, 2012

I don't pretend to have the critical abilities to give you a "best of" list for any year in jazz, and there are always musical  releases I fail to catch up with that likely would make a list. Instead, I've created a number of categories to give you some idea of my favorite recordings of 2011, and Podcast 251 features a...

Etta James (1938-2012)

Jan 20, 2012

Etta James, the soul shaking singer who made "At Last" and “I 'd Rather Go Blind” standards, has died,from complications from leukemia. She is survived byher husband, Artis Mills, and her sons, both of who played in her band. She would have turned 74 Wednesday.


Throughout her career, James overcame a heroin...

The Voice of Miles Lives

Jan 17, 2012

Friend of SNC and award-winning author David Fulmer has called to our attention a release that any audio-book loving jazz fan would want to check out:

Dion Graham, who has done such a masterful job reading three of my books on audio, just sent me a few samples of his upcoming release of Miles: The Autobiography. If you...