Straight No Chaser

Sundays at 9pm

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

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Sunday, August 2

Tonight Straight No Chaser kicks off the new month with a trip in the 'wayback machine'. We'll hear from the aptly-named Slide Hampton and his nine-piece World of Trombones band. Also three masters of the keys: pianists Horace Silver and Norman Simmons, and organist Jimmy Smith.

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Sunday, July 26

Tonight’s Straight No Chaser is a whirlwind, as we jump from the very latest recordings to trips in the wayback machine. We open with tunes from trumpeter Woody Shaw from decades ago, then segue to the latest issue from May of this year by guitarist Joshua Breakstone. Later there’s new Cyrus Chestnut next to old Zoot Sims and Al Cohn. And how can you argue with a tenor player named Zoot?

Sunday, July 19

This week on Straight No Chaser we open with a brand new, just-unwrapped recording from tenor saxophonist Harry Allen. Allen has put out multiple recordings in 2015: a collaboration with the Swedish Jan Lundgren Quartet, and a tribute to George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Duke Ellington.

We'll continue with selections from jazz greats Jimmy Smith and Ahmad Jamal. Also hear Stan Getz as he performs with  trombonist J.J. Johnson and with pianist Bill Evans.

Sunday, July 12

This week Straight No Chaser features new selections from Cyrus Chestnut and trumpeter and producer Jeremy Pelt. Pelt's most recent recording, Tales, Musings and Other Reveries, was released in January of this year and features tracks about recent national issues and Pelt's own personal relationships. We'll also hear great stuff from the Modern Jazz Quartet, Paul Desmond and Groove Holmes with Gene Ammons.

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Sunday, July 5

Not enough fireworks this weekend? We can help with some musical sparklers on Straight No Chaser.  Tune in for new tracks off Enigmatix from Roberto Magris, selections from Russel Malone, and the latest from trumpeter Terell Stafford as heard this week on Fresh Air.  Also hear great classics from legendary artists Gerry Mulligan, Maynard Ferguson, Miles Davis and Art Blakey.

Sunday, June 28

Tonight on Straight No Chaser, we hear some classics from a range of jazz greats including Jimmy Smith, George Shearing, Don Menza and his Big Band, and Oscar Peterson.

Also listen for some selections by trumpeter Jack Sheldon. In addition to his prolific performing career, Sheldon's recordings have been featured in documentaries and television. He also appeared on The Merv Griffin Show and voiced some of the best-known segments on Schoolhouse Rock! including "I'm Just A Bill". 

Revisiting The Masters

Jun 16, 2015

Sunday, June 21

This week on Straight No Chaser, we take another trip in the wayback machine to hear from jazz masters Dexter Gordon, Jimmy Smith and Horace Silver. All three musicians made significant contributions to the evolution of bop. Silver, a pianist and composer, used his background in a variety of genres such as gospel and Latin American music, as well as his family ties to Cape Verde, to influence his compositions. 

Sunday, June 14

Straight No Chaser highlights a mix of old and new music tonight. We'll hear a new release of a previously unissued recording of guitarist Pat Martino and all new  recordings from Jim Snidero and Russell Malone. Snidero's latest album was released in January of this year. It features several original compositions performed by a young and enthusiastic quartet with his flawless sax tone at the forefront. We'll also revisit some older, but always welcome hits from Stan Getz and Jimmy Ponder.

Sunday, June 7

Tonight we revisit jazz from the not so distant past with saxophonist Phil Woods, the Clayton Brothers, and the rarely heard Roger "Buck" Hill. We'll also hear organist Jimmy Smith, who had several albums on Billboard, and Alan Broadbent.  Broadbent is active as a pianist, arranger and conductor around the world and has won several accolades including a Grammy and the New Zealand Order of Merit

Sunday, May 31

Tonight we hear from trumpeters Clifford Brown and Kansas City native Carmell Jones. We also feature bebop great Dexter Gordon and the unique sound of saxophonist Stan Getz.  Getz is best known for introducing Americans to the bossa nova style in the 1960's.