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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.

Sep 26, 2014

Kenny Wheeler, one of the giants of British jazz, died last week at the age of 84.

Born in Canada in 1930, the trumpeter and composer joined the London jazz scene after moving to Britain in 1952. He played in groups alongside the likes of Ronnie Scott, John Dankworth and Tubby Hayes as well becoming part of...

Repost: L'Shanah Tovah and All that Jazz

Sep 25, 2014

Today is the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the New Year 5775. The traditional greeting for the day is "L'Shanah Tovah" - "A Good Year".

Bassist David Chevan of the Afro-Semitic Experience has been working on some jazzed up versions of music associated with the High Holidays for the past few...

Sep 22, 2014

One of the highlights of the early Fall Jazz season will be the release of a CD lead by the exciting tenor saxophonist Mark Turner. Lathe of Heaven is his first album as a leader in a decade, but is his third appearance on ECM Records in 2014, after gracing sessions with Billy Hart, and Enrico Rava and Stefano...

An "Offering" for Coltrane's Birthday

Sep 21, 2014

Temple University Libraries, Ars Nova Workshop and Resonance Records will host a panel discussion on this concert with noted Philadelphia-based jazz critic and author Francis Davis (who was in attendance at the concert as an undergraduate student at Temple) and noted Sun Ra biographer and jazz historian John Szwed,...

Can Jazz Become Culturally Relevant Again?

Sep 19, 2014

Can jazz become culturally relevant again? That provocative title kicks off a new column called "The Big Question" on Founder Michael Ricci wants your input, so check out the initial posting by click this link.

Not to surprise anyone, but the initial posting is a bit grim. Here's a sneak peak of a...