Straight No Chaser

Sundays at 9pm

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

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Sunday, April 10

Tonight we'll hear a variety of pianos and trumpets with the talented Norman Simmons, Woody Shaw and Bobby Shew.

Sunday, April 3

Tonight we hear from musicians with big names and some less well known. We'll hear the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, pianist Stefan Scaggiari, Zoot Sims and Jimmy Smith. 

Sunday, March 27

Tonight on Straight No Chaser we'll hear more recent recordings from clarinetist and tenor saxophonist Ken Peplowski, guitarist Russell Malone, and tenor saxophonist Houston Person.

Sunday, March 20

Tonight we hear recent CD's by a variety of artists: pianist Kenny Barron, vocalist Denise Donatelli, saxophonist Adison Evans and trumpeter Jim Rotondi.

Sunday, March 13

Tonight we feature many keyboard players including Kenny Barron and Charles Earland, plus Ross Tompkins' earliest recording. After that we'll hear Thelonius Monk, Eric Reed and Horace Silver.

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Sunday, February 28

Tonight we'll hear many things from jazz's storied past. We start the show with two tribute groups taking on Lee Morgan. Later we hear Johnny Mandel's theme from the 1958 movie I Want to Live! - a movie about the first woman to die in California's gas chamber.

Susan Hayward won an Oscar for her memorable performance of bad girl Barbara Graham. Mandel wrote the full score, including orchestral and smaller group arrangements played by Gerry Mulligan. This is considered the first movie with a complete jazz score. 

Sunday, February 21

Tonight we'll hear mostly older recordings, with Jimmy Smith, Groove Holmes with Gene Ammons and Oscar Peterson. Up next is a recent CD from George Garzone.

Sunday, February 14

Tonight we hear the first release from the Interplay Jazz Orchestra - Detour - and a new release from tenor saxophonist and flutist Charles Lloyd.

Lloyd's new album, I Long To See You, finds the widely celebrated performer in collaboration with his New Quartet and added guests -- appearing here as The Marvels. Plus added vocals from Willie Nelson and Norah Jones.


 Sunday, February 7

Tonight we take the cellophane off the first big shipment of new releases for the year, including great ones from  Renee Rosnes, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Lionel Loueke.

Sunday, January 31

In this installment, we hear older classics from Buck Clayton and Miles Davis and brand new things from Chucho Valdes and the Jeff Hamilton/Scott Hamilton group.