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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.

Repost: Podcast 714: Songs for Stuffy Turkey

Nov 26, 2020

I posted this in 2019, but its even more relevant in this pandemic world of 2020:

For past Thanksgivings, I've just posted two songs that set the mood for me - George Benson's "Giblet Gravy" on the night before, to help  out those cooking a festive meal, and Diana Krall's version of "Count Your Blessings (Instead of...

Nov 25, 2020

Podcast 778 completes my two-part conversation with Maria Schneider. A recipient of almost every award given for composing, arranging and conducting, Ms. Schneider has moved to the forefront of genre-bending music. Whether it’s the work she did with David Bowie on “Sue (or In A Season of Crime,” her thrilling new...

Nov 24, 2020

With the release earlier this year of Data Lords, a two-disc opus, Maria Schneider stepped up her battle with the giants of the technological world. An outspoken critic of companies like Amazon, Google and YouTube, Ms. Schneider has been standing up for citizens’ rights to maintain their online privacy and personal...

Nov 20, 2020

Here is Part Two of my recent conversation with the legendary Michael Cuscuna. While Part One concentrated on the recent offerings of the Photography of Francis Wolff, Part Two is all about Cuscuna's limited edition archival releases on Mosaic Records. 

2020 has been a good year for the label. Of particular interest to...

Nov 18, 2020

"Francis Wolff's images of musicians at work are so relaxed and intimate that they capture the spirit not just of the moment but also the era." - Herbie Hancock

It was a real treat to get to spend some time on the telephone with Michael Cuscuna, the legendary jazz record producer, discographer, writer and entrepreneur a...