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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.

Aug 29, 2018

The amazingly versatile Bob James has taken on – and succeeded admirably with – most of the jazz genres of the past fifty years. During that time, James recorded has free jazz (Bold Conceptions), arranged for and accompanied Sarah Vaughn, and then was a key participant in the jazz-soul fusion that was CTI Records....

Aug 27, 2018

Before he was twelve years old, Davell Crawford had been crowned “the Piano Price of New Orleans,” for his ability to seamlessly incorporate the sounds of the church, the streets and the New Orleans songbook. The godson of the iconic Roberta Flack and the grandson of the great vocalist/pianist/composer James...

Aug 25, 2018

"Jazz is the ultimate common denominator of the American musical style."
–Leonard Bernstein

Today would have been the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), a towering figure in American musical history. If he had only been the master of one area of music – the stage, the screen, the concert hall,...

50 Years Ago Today: McCoy Tyner records "Expansions"

Aug 23, 2018

McCoy Tyner left his long-time collaborator John Coltrane in 1965, as the band began moving deeper into atonal avant-garde music, the “Classic Quartet” often supplemented by extra percussion that seemed to negate the need for Tyner’s contributions.  Already a known commodity as a session man for the top labels,...

Aug 22, 2018

Is Stevie Wonder the most covered popular artist in the jazz world? From the singers to the pianists, with a hefty number of Flutes, Saxes and Clarinets thrown in, it seems as if his tunes are the backbone of what we might call the New Standards.

And why not? Not only are they well known, but almost always highly...