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Straight No Chaser - A Jazz Show

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

Aug 16, 2015

It's summer in New England, so why not some summer themed music for these lazy, hot days? Today is August 16th, the feast day of Saint Roch, the patron saint of Dogs, so why not celebrate the "Dog Days"?

The Romans referred to the dog days as diēs caniculārēs and associated the hot weather with the star Sirius. They considered Sirius to be the "Dog Star" because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog), as well as the brightest star in the night sky. The term "Dog Days" was used earlier by the Greeks in Aristotle's Physics.

The Dog Days originally were the days when Sirius rose just before or at the same time as sunrise, which is no longer true, owing to procession of the equinoxes. The Romans sacrificed a brown dog (Sorry Angus and Hamish, my two miniature dachshunds!) at the beginning of the Dog Days to appease the rage of Sirius, believing that the star was the cause of the hot, sultry weather.

I've done three previous Dog Day postings,  Podcast 292, Podcast 225and Podcast 442,  if you'd like some more summer-themed music. There's a few repeats between these posts, but what the hey. It’s all grooving or relaxing music for soaking in those wonderful warming rays. Winter is just around the corner, and I am gonna grab all the warmth I can. Look for me on my deck with Angus and Hamish - and Nancy - and a cold beverage or two.

Podcast 492 features the following uninterrupted hour of music:

Chieli Minucci – “Endless Summer”

James Taylor Quartet – “Summer Song”

Jimmy Smith – “Summertime”

Christian McBride – “Summer Soft”

Eric Alexander Quartet - "Slow Hot Wind"

Jose James – “What A Little Moonlight Can Do”

Rufus Reid – “Summer's Shadow”

Klaus Paier and Asja Vailcic - “Stirring Summer Storm”

Hendrik Meurkens Sambajazz Quartet; - “Summer In San Francisco”

Marc Johnson – “Porch Swing”

Houston Person – “Medley: That Sunday That Summer (Funny)”

Bobby Previte - "Women On the Beach"