Straight No Chaser

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

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S unday, January 23 Tonight, we combine jazz gems from the early 1950's to the early 2000's with selections from our " Best Of... " lists.

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Sunday, January 17 Tonight on the show we'll hear some selections from Straight No Chaser 's favorite new releases of 2015 including music from Kenny Burrell, George Cables and more. Find more details as well as the full list that was featured as part of KMUW's Best Music of 2015 .

Sunday, January 10 We'll hear piano greats Marian McPartland, Tommy Flanagan and George Cables, great guitarists Kenny Burrell and Russell Malone, and bebop in different disguises from the Maynard Ferguson band and Art Blakey.

Here are the 2015 releases that I find best: Kenny Burrell - The Road To Love (HighNote) George Cables - In Good Company ( HighNote) Joey deFrancesco - Trip Mode ( HighNote) Mike LeDonne - Awwright ! (Savant) Terrell Stafford - Brotherlee Love (Capri) Motor City Jazz Octet - Beyond Words (Motor City Jazz Octet) Eric Alexander - The Real Thing ( HighNote) Houston Person - Something Personal ( HighNote) Russell Malone - Love Looks Good On You ( HighNote) Tom Harrell - First Impressions (...

Sunday, December 27 New Year's Day is almost here. Just for chuckles, we again hear a band vocal from the Maynard Ferguson band, and Diana Krall asks what are we are doing New Year's Eve. Then lots of great saxophone with Harry Allen, Jim Snidero and Gerry Mulligan.

Sunday, December 20 Our last show before Christmas brings us Al Grey and Jimmy Smith with Christmas standards, along with recent recordings with Huston Person, Denise Donatelli and Russell Malone.

Sunday, December 6 Straight No Chaser spreads more good cheer tonight with Maynard Ferguson and your only chance to hear his vocal stylings with the band, and more from Bobby Timmons and Don Patterson.

Sunday, November 29 Thanksgiving has passed, and it's time to begin playing holiday music on Straight No Chaser . The tsunami of holiday cheer begins with Tom Kubis, Dexter Gordon, Jimmy Smith and the Ray Brown Trio.

Sunday, November 22 Tonight we hear an even split between new and old. New albums from Lionel Loueke, Joey deFrancesco, Kenny Burrell and others go along fine with classic older hits from Miles Davis and Benny Carter.

Sunday, November 15 Tonight on Straight No Chaser we hear from clarinetist Mort Weiss and organist/ pianist Radam Schwartz. A prolific recording artist, Schwartz is committed to creating live music by hosting weekly jam sessions at the Crossroads in New Jersey for professionals and amateurs alike. Up next is pianist Cedar Walton and the multi talented Gerry Mulligan, among others.