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Straight No Chaser features mostly instrumental jazz, from early music to recent recordings.

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11:13 am
Thu April 30, 2015

The Celebration Continues

Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

Sunday, May 3

Jazz Appreciation Month may be over, but here on Straight No Chaser we celebrate year round. Tonight, listen for American jazz tenor saxophonist Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and friend Sonny Stitt from their 1950's duo pieces. Also hear selections from David “Fathead” Newman, who is best known for his work as a sideman on singer-pianist Ray Charles' recordings. 

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9:32 am
Tue April 14, 2015

A Jazz Menagerie

Jazz guitarist Pat Martino

Sunday, April 19

We continue to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, although on Straight No Chaser that's all year long. Some of the very best new selections include Italian-American jazz guitarist Pat Martino and Down Beat's 1969 "Jazz Artist of the Year," Charles Lloyd. Plus hear classic oldies from Gene Ammons in his first release after his 1962 incarceration. 

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2:08 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

More Of The Best

Guitarist Greg Skaff

Sunday April 12

More of only the very best jazz for Jazz Appreciation Month. We are featuring some of the most acclaimed musicians, specializing in a wide range of instruments, tonight on Straight No Chaser. Hear from saxophonist Jim Snidero, pianist and composer Ray Bryant, guitarist Bobby Broom, and Wichita native Greg Skaff. 

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12:54 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Only The Best

The Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra

  Sunday, April 5

It is now Jazz Appreciation Month, which it is every month on Straight No Chaser. We will celebrate by playing only the best all month long. Tonight we hear from Ahmad Jamal, one of the most successful small-group leaders in jazz. Also hear selections from the Grammy-nominated Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, New York pianist  Bill Charlap, and the great Johnny Griffin.

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1:34 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Notable New Releases And Old Favorites

American jazz artist Russell Malone

Sunday March 29

On tonight's Straight No Chaser we hear a compilation of old and new. New selections from swing & bebop jazz guitarist,  Russell Malone, and international jazz  saxophonist Greg Abate. Some old features from "the King," Benny Carter, and legendary Oliver Nelson. Plus hear some slightly old pieces from four time Grammy award nominee Karrin Allyson.

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8:23 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Straight No Chaser Pays Tribute To Jazz Pioneer Clark Terry

Jazz legend Clark Terry

Sunday, March 22

Tonight on Straight No Chaser, we pay tribute to the late jazz pioneer Clark Terry. We'll also hear from Bud Shank , a new CD from Russell Malone, Phil Woods, and Blue Mitchell.

11:28 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Something Old, Something New, And Lots of Blues

Jazz great Charlie Rouse

Sunday March 15

Tonight on Straight No Chaser hear something new from Charles McPherson. Also tune in for a few old things from American saxophonist Charlie Rouse, renowned for his ten year collaboration with Thelonious Monk.  Horace Silver, Stan Getz, and J J Johnson will also make appearances throughout the show. 

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11:15 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Some Boss Brass And A Yestet

Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass

Sunday March 8

Tonight we hear from Canada's own Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass, featuring Massachusetts born Phil Woods. Tune in for a new jazz album from the Chicago Yestet that includes horns, rhythm, spoken word, and vocals. Also hear saxophonist Coleman Hawkins and guitarist Wes Montgomery with the renowned Wynton Kelly Trio.

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9:36 am
Tue February 24, 2015

A Few Notable Artists

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Sunday, March 1

On tonight's Straight No Chaser, we hear from jazz alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley and pianist Horace Silver, two hard bop pioneers. Plus Grammy Award Winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, vocalist Dena DeRose, and the incomparable Gerry Mulligan.

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3:24 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

New Releases And Old Favorites

Charles McPherson's 'The Journey'
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Sunday, February 22

We begin tonight with new recordings from the great jazz musician Charles McPherson and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt. We follow the new music with equally great but older selections from Zoot Sims, Jimmy Smith and Horace Silver.

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