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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.

Feb 14, 2020

Lyle Mays played an important role in my jazz education. For people looking for innovative music in the Seventies, the music of the Pat Metheny Group, co-founded by Metheny and Mays, was a revalation. From the soaring sound of their self-titled "White Album" on ECM through their evolution as a band - and they WERE...


Feb 14, 2020

Some consider Valentine's Day a "Hallmark Holiday" designed to extract money for cards, flowers and chocolate. Others consider it a day to celebrate the glory of love,  Either way, you probably are aware of the day, like it or not. 

In the Straight No Chaser effort to make Valentine's Day a bit easier for our loyal...


Feb 12, 2020

The first truly memorable release of 2020 comes out on ECM tomorrow when Here Be Dragons  drops.  The third album by Israeli saxophonist Oded Tzur and his quartet, it is a melodic and sometimes transcendent album, contemplative with a shimmering beauty that belies the intensity that lies just below the surface.

Oded’s...


Feb 6, 2020

Since winning the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Bass Competition in 2009, Ben Williams has been one of the brightest young stars in the jazz firmament. He has released two albums of his own (State of Art and Coming of Age), and recorded with Stefon Harris, Steve Wilson, and especially Pat Metheny. He anchored the...


Jan 24, 2020

Anyone who listens to this podcast on a regular basis knows that I am a huge fan of the Allman Brothers Band. For me, this rock and blues band incorporates jazz elements into their music better than any other, all without the need for adding top session players (Steely Dan) or a horn section (Blood, Sweat &...