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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.

Happy Birthday, Elvis Costello!

Aug 25, 2011

I got to cross an event off my concert "bucket list" earlier this year when my wife Nancy bought me tickets to see Elvis Costello perform at the Wang Center in Boston. It was a spectacularly rocking evening, with Elvis delving deep into his back catalouge and adding all sorts of goodies from his vast array of albums. He even brought out Boston legend Peter Wolf to sing a few numbers with him. Today, Declan McManus aka Elvis Costello, turns 58 years old.

Elvis has his decidedly jazzy side as well. He is married to, and has collaborated muscially with, one of jazz's reignign Queens, Diana Krall. He has written a "new standard" in "Almost Blue", which was inspired by and later recorded by, Chet Baker. He has collaborated with guitarist Bill Frisell, who went on to record and entire album of Elvis tunes.

Click here to listen to an unreleased recording of the Brad Mehldau Trio (Mehldau on piano, Larry Grenadier on bass, and Jeff Ballard on drums) playing an extended version of Elvis' "Baby Plays Around."