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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.

Plea for Peace

Aug 29, 2014

I received this email from the band Afro-Semitic Experience, and watned to share their words and music with you all:

The Afro-Semitic Experience is saddened by the events in Ferguson, Missouri. We mourn the killing of Michael Brown and we are troubled by the violence that has been inflicted upon the community. We are...

Fifty Years Ago Today: Tony Williams' Debut Album

Aug 21, 2014

Fifty years ago today, Anthony Williams recorded his debut album as a bandleader. However, he was no rookie.

Williams began playing professionally at the age of 13 with saxophonist Sam Rivers in Boston, Massachusetts, and Jackie McLean hired Williams when he was 16. At 17 Williams became the core of Miles Davis' Second...

Aug 16, 2014

It's summer in New England, so why not some summer themed music for these lazy, hot days? Today is August 16th, the feast day of Saint Roch, the patron saint of Dogs, so why not celebrate the "Dog Days"?

The Romans referred to the dog days as diēs caniculārēs and associated the hot weather with the star Sirius. They...

Aug 13, 2014

“Swinging, grooving, clean and tricky playing. This is the group that, once you’ve heard them, you’ll realize they always needed to exist. Unique, original, exciting. And simply killing in the best sense.”- Dave Douglas on The Westerlies.

The Westerlies are a New York based brass quartet comprised of four...

Aug 12, 2014

The “Business of Jazz” grows increasingly thornier at almost every turn these days. One of the bright spots in the demise of major label signings and sold recording budgets is the ability of artists to take control of their projects and reach out to their fans for support, both artistic and financial.