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Straight No Chaser - A Jazz Show

Welcome to Straight No Chaser, the Award-winning Podcast hosted by Jeffrey Siegel

Dec 23, 2010

If you don’t live in the New York area, or are not hip to the jazz press, there is a chance you’ve never heard of Smalls, and the club’s entrepeneurial owner, Spike Wilner. If that’s you, then this podcast will be an eye-opener. If you already know that Smalls has become likely the most influentuial jazz club in...

Dec 22, 2010

For me, nothing matches "White Christmas" to get one in a holiday mood. I think it's the nostalgia and general good vibes that come from the wistful lyrics and memorable melody.

It never fails to amaze me that this Christmas classic was written by a practicing Jew, Irving Berlin (as was "Easter Parade", as a matter of...

Dec 21, 2010

Enough of this cloying Christmas stuff – let’s get some Zappa at ya! The Grand Wazoo would have been 70 yras old today, so it seems appropriate to consider his music in this space from a jazz perspective.


Was Frank Zappa as much of a jazz musician as he was a rock or classical artist? Let’s let Ed Palermo, the...

Dec 20, 2010

This year's annual “Nuthin' But Christmas Music Podcast” gives you plenty of jazzy tunes to enjoy while you trim the tree, wrap the presents, or just relax and enjoy the season. Click here to listen to:

The Swingle Singers - “Medley: Gloria In Excelsis Deo/ Oh Christmas Tree/ Les Anges De Nos Campagnes”...

Dec 17, 2010

Last year I posted comments on The Greatest Gift, a CD of unashamedly devotional Christmas music from Alexis Cole. In a season where "Christ" is left out of "Christmas" all too often, Ms. Cole keeps her eyes on the prize at all times.

This year I present one of the tracks from that CD, her version of the 16th century...