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Straight No Chaser - A Jazz Show

Straight No Chaser - A Jazz Show

A blog with interviews, reviews, features and podcasts on jazz of the past, present and future.

The Official Straight No Chaser Song of Independence Day

American Independence Day 2012. We celebrate with cookouts, fireworks and concerts, but often fail to recall the brave words that were ...

Podcast 284: Bill Evans on My Mind

The recent release of Live at Art D'Lugoff's Top of the Gate by Resonance Records offers listeners a table at the front of the stage for a ...

Podcast 283: Saratoga Jazz Festival Preview, Part II - A Conversation with Hailey Niswanger

I first heard Hailey Niswanger when she played the Gazebo Stage at the Freihoferrsquos Saratoga Jazz Festival two years ago. Barely out of ...

Podcast 282: Saratoga Jazz Festival Preview, Part I - A Conversation with Danny Melnick

My musical summer can begin on June 30th, with the 35th annual Freihoferrsquos Saratoga Jazz Festival takes place at the Saratoga ...

Repost: "Too Darn Hot" on a Friday

It was last July that I posted this entry, and it's more than appropriate for today, with 3 straight days of 90 degree weather in Western ...

Podcast 280: Jazzin' on Paul McCartney at 70

Paul McCartneyrsquos latest CD, Kisses on the Bottom insert rear end joke here was not really a jazz record, but with support from Diana ...

Podcast 281: A Conversation with Hey Rim Jeon

Hey Rim Jeon has been on the radar for a number of years as a pianist, composer and educator to watch. That promise is being fulfilled as ...

Podcast 285: Yidstock!

The Yiddish Book Center, located in Amherst, Massachusetts, is a great cultural jewel, serving as a repository and place of advocacy for ...

Podcast 279: A Conversation with Bob Wolfman

Bob Wolfman has been an exciting guitar player in New York, and then after his time at Berklee School of Music, in Boston, but has never ...

Podcast 276: A Conversation with Ralph Peterson, Jr.

Ralph Peterson had just gotten his grades into the registrar at the Berklee College of Music in Boston when we talked last week. However, ...

Podcast 278: A Conversation with Grégoire Maret

'Greacutegoire Maret is an exceptional young musician who is taking the harmonica to an exciting new place in jazz.' - Pat MethenyGreat ...

Podcast 277: A Conversation with Brandon Wright

Itrsquos a treat to hear a musician coming into his own. A few listens to Journeyman, the CD release from Brandon Wright, gives you a ...