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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.

May 13, 2021

More than 15 years after his last release as a leader, saxophonist Rick Margitza made his long-awaited return a few months back with the release of Sacred Hearts, on Le Coq Records. There is a tinge of melancholy, and a sense of a composer dealing with the pains of loss and joys of everyday life in these newly recorded...


May 2, 2021

In Podcast 815, saxophonist Vince Herring talked about his recent health struggles, and his enthusiastic new release on Smoke Sessions Records, entitled Preaching to the Choir

At 56 years of age, he has a lengthy resume, including time with legendary jazz musicians like Lionel Hampton, Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Jack...


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...