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

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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.

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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2:02 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

More Saxophone From Ben Webster, Johnny Hodges And Others On Straight No Chaser

Saxophonist Ben Webster

Sunday, November 16

If you haven't heard yet, the saxophone was invented by Adolphe Sax. This month marks his 200th birthday, and we're celebrating all November long. Tonight we hear Ben Webster and Johnny Hodges, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Zoot Sims and Supersax. And don't worry, next month we aren't going to tell you it's the birthday of trumpet inventor, Donald Trump.

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3:32 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Saxophone Celebrations Continue On Staight No Chaser

Sax legend Cannonball Adderley

 Sunday, November 9:

We continue our celebration of Adolphe Sax’s birthday with more, more, more saxophones. Tonight, we'll hear from jazz alto saxophonist Julian Edwin "Cannonball" Adderley, plus The Tenor Trio - made up of Pete Christleib, Ernie Watts and Rickey Woodard.  Al Cohn and Zoot Sims, and Illinois Jacquet also join in.

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9:14 am
Mon October 20, 2014

New Music From Larry Goldings Mingles With Clifford Jordan Big Band And Miles Davis

Pianist, organist, producer and composer Larry Goldings

Sunday, October 26:

New stuff from Gerry Gibbs, Larry Goldings, Charlie Hayden and Jim Hall and the Cookers mingles with older things by Clifford Jordan Big Band, Miles Davis, Benny Green and Bill Evans as Straight No Chaser continues to blend early jazz with recent recordings. 

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1:41 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

New Jazz From Larry Fuller, Old Classics From Bob Florence, Art Blakey And More

The new album from jazz pianist Larry Fuller
Credit Album Cover Art

Sunday, October 19:

We'll hear a mix of old and new music tonight on Straight No Chaser. The new comes from jazz pianist Larry Fuller and his self-titled September release. Plus plenty of old from Bob Florence, Art Blakey and Miles Davis.

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10:11 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Swing, Blues And Bebop Unite With Frank Wess, Ray Bryant And More

Jazz flutist and saxophonist Frank Wess

Sunday, October 12

We straddle the lines between swing, blues and bebop this week on Straight No Chaser. Hear selections from American jazz saxophonist and flutist Frank Wess, plus music from Ray Bryant, Art Pepper, Joe Beck, Gerry Mulligan and Lou Donaldson. 

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11:26 am
Mon September 22, 2014

BeBop From Cedar Walton, Horace Silver And More On Straight No Chaser

Cedar Walton, jazz pianist

Sunday, September 28

We'll hear some great BeBop tonight on Straight No Chaser, with music from pianist Cedar Walton and the legendary Miles Davis. We'll also hear from Horace Silver, one of the most enduring names in jazz, along with saxophonist Stan Getz.

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