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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 SNC Song of Thanksgiving Day: "Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)"

Nov 27, 2014

We all have much to be thankful for today, and so let us begin the day by sharing the sentiment of this song, written by Irving Berlin and sung by Erin Bode, the Official Straight No Chaser Song of Thanksgiving Day:

When I'm worried and I can't sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep
And I fall asleep counting my...

The Official SNC Song for the Day Before Thanksgiving: "Giblet Gravy"

Nov 26, 2014

Twenty-four hours to go before the big Thanksgiving feast! What would go better with some turkey than some "Giblet Gravy", courtesy of guitarist George Benson.

Those who only know Benson from his smooth jazz or Top 40 recordings don't realize that he was one of the funkiest and fastest guitar slingers in his early days....

Forty Years Ago Today: Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker Reunite at Carnegie Hall

Nov 24, 2014

Forty years ago today, two old friends reunited on stage in New York’s Carnegie Hall for a memorable evening of music. Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker had been instrumental in changing the world of jazz together in 1952 with a new approach that helped create the West Coast Cool Jazz Sound:

While arranging for...

Nov 23, 2014

The first ever collaboration of forward-thinking architect / composer Christopher Janney and legendary bassist / producer Bill Laswell promises a wild ride on the highest artistic level. The duo, with its cast of world-class musicians, utilizes composition, dance, sound, and visuals to create a multi-media experience...

Write Me In! JazzTimes Readers Poll!

Nov 17, 2014

The 2014 JazzTimes Readers Poll is underway, and I've decided to make an appeal to my readers, listeners, friends and relatives to go to the on-line ballot - just click here - and fill out a ballot. When you reach the page that has the ballot for "Best Podcast", if you think that I am worthy, please cast a "write-in"...