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

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3:33 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

New Straight No Chaser Selections For February

'Time and Time Again' by The Cookers
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Sunday, February 1

Now that the Best of 2014 feature is over, it's time for some new material. We’ve had a whole month to receive new Straight No Chaser music. Tonight, hear The Cookers's newest release,Time and Time Again, ​named the itunes 2014 Jazz Album of the Year. We'll also hear Ian Sims and Divergent Paths's new project, Conundrum. From our library, the Harper Brothers and Brother Jack McDuff.

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10:40 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Straight No Chaser Wraps Up Best Of 2014

Theo Croker's 'Afro Physicist'
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Sunday, January 25

It's our final show of Straight No Chaser featuring the Best of 2014. Favorites this time include Theo Croker's Afro Physicist album, the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble's salute to Woody Herman, and Eric Alexander's Chicago Fire.

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3:14 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Jazz Favorites Of 2014 With The Chicago Jazz Orchestra

'Enjoy The View' from Bobby Hutcherson, David Sanborn, Joey DeFrancesco and Billy Hart
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Sunday, January 18

Hear more of our favorite tunes from 2014 including the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Brian Lynch and Emmet Cohen's Questioned Answer, and Enjoy The View from Bobby Hutcherson, David Sanborn, Joey DeFrancesco and Billy Hart.

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2:33 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Straight No Chaser Honors Bebop Clarinetist Buddy DeFranco

Clarinetist Buddy DeFranco

Sunday, January 11:

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11:56 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Best Music of 2014

  Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin, Chris Heim, Carla Eckels and Bill Pearce run down the best in music for 2014 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, R&B, gospel, blues, rockumentaries and books about music.

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11:49 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Straight No Chaser: Best of 2014

Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin, Chris Heim, Carla Eckels and Bill Pearce run down the best in music for 2014 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, R&B, gospel, blues, rockumentaries and books about music.

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10:14 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Holiday Tunes Throughout December With Straight No Chaser

Sunday, December 7:

Straight No Chaser will feature Christmas music through the first three Sundays of December. Listen for festive tunes from the likes of Dexter Gordon, Matt Wilson and more.

Web extra: Matt Wilson and his band perform a holiday "tiny desk concert" on NPR music.

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9:54 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Straight No Chaser Closes Out Sax Month With Art Pepper And Four Altos

Saxophonist Art Pepper

Sunday, November 30

We conclude our celebration of Adolphe Sax’s birthday tonight on Straight No Chaser. Hear from alto saxophonist Art Pepper, plus Ken Peplowski, Plas Johnson and Gerry Mulligan. Tonight's program also includes the Four Altos: Phil Woods, Gene Quill, Hal Stein and Sahib Shihab.

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9:49 am
Mon November 17, 2014

More Sax From Houston Person, The Adderley Brothers And More On Staight No Chaser

Jazz tenor saxophonist Houston Person

Sunday, November 23

The celebration of Adolphe Sax and the saxophone continues tonight on Straight No Chaser. Hear from tenor saxophonist Houston Person, brothers Cannonball and Nat Adderley, plus Bud Shank, Gene Ammons with his big band, Ike Quebec, and Pete Christlieb with Lou Levy.

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