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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.

Jul 5, 2020

It’s been a pleasure to watch pianist Christian Sands grow as a composer, musician and bandleader. By the time he was ready to graduate from Manhattan School of Music, he had released three trio albums and been nominated for a Latin Grammy as part of the School’s  Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, led by Bobby Sanabria....


Jun 19, 2020

It's always a delight to speak with alto sax star Rudresh Mahanthappa. Possessed of a deep knowledge and deeper interest in a wide variety of topics, he brings a wry sense of humor to any discussion we have had. 

The release of his Hero Trio album is well worth talking about. Backed by longtime collaborators...


Jun 12, 2020

Back on January 20th - and doesn't that seem like a year or so ago? - I posted Podcast 720, which featured Cathy RIch, the daughter of legendary drummer Buddy Rich, talking about her father, and the posthumous release of Just in Time: The Final Recording, a live set recorded at Ronnie Scott's in London. At that time,...


Jun 4, 2020

What is a musician to do when he can't play in front of audiences? Or if her studio time has been cancelled?  And how does he or she deal with the lack of supporting musicians?

If you are Ben Goldberg, you use this time to create "Plague Diary", a musical diary of new material posted every day to Bandcamp.  Existing...


May 28, 2020

Whether its on baritone sax, alto flute or bass clarinet, Dr. Brian Landrus is among the most exciting players and composers around. Just over forty years old, and a newly minted Ph.D. from Rutgers University, Brian has been made several of the most interesting recording of the past few years. From The Deep Below in...