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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.

Apr 30, 2021

2020 was not kind to most of us. It was even more unkind to Vincent Herring. Returning to New York from a gig in Las Vegas, he contracted COVID on the flight. Despite the relatively minor effects of the virus, there would be more. A few weeks later he began feeling pain in his joints. A blood test later and his...


Apr 29, 2021

Saxophonist Tobias Meinhart has been living in New York for the past decade, often summering in his native Bavaria or in Berlin. That is, until the COVID-19 pandemic closed off the E.U. from overseas travelers, leaving him on the outside looking in.

During the pandemic, he used his time to work on new compositions, and...


Apr 26, 2021

Podcast 813 completes my two-part conversation with pianist Bill Cunliffe, whose latest release, Trio features bassist John Patitucci and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta joining him for a set of standards. 

Bill had two master musicians as mentors during his formative years - drummer Buddy Rich, who became one of his first...


Apr 24, 2021

Sometimes the must exciting jazz recordings come from coincidence. Trio, the recent release on the new Le Coq Records imprint, is one of those coincidences.

Veteran pianist Bill Cunliffe has been acting as something of a house arranger and musical director for many of the newly launched imprint’s projects, and when...


Apr 18, 2021

Fifteen years ago, French-born musician Yohan Giaume began to immerse himself in different foreign cultures mainly guided by his love for the music of the African diaspora. He explored Cuba, South America, Morocco, Europe and different places throughout the United States. Immersing himself in different musical...