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

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2:34 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

More from Blue Note Records with Cannonball Adderley on Straight No Chaser

Alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley

Sunday, June 15:

Straight No Chaser continues to join Night Train in featuring Blue Note Records, the American jazz record label, in celebration of their 75th Anniversary. On tonight's show, hear from Blue Note artist and alto saxophone great Cannonball Adderley, among others.

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2:54 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Limited edition reissues from Mosiac Records on Straight No Chaser

Blue Note reissues from Mosaic Records featured on Straight No Chaser

Sunday, June 8:

Straight No Chaser continues to join Night Train in a tribute to Blue Note Records, an American jazz record label, on the occasion of their 75th Anniversary.

Tonight we will hear many limited edition reissues of iconic Blue Note recordings from Mosaic Records.  

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9:32 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Blue Note Records featured on Straight No Chaser

American jazz tenor saxophonist Ike Quebec
Credit Blue Note Records

Sunday, June 1:

Tonight Straight No Chaser joins Night Train in featuring Blue Note Records, an American jazz record label, on the occasion of their 75th Anniversary. 

Blue Note artists featured on tonight's show include tenor saxophonists Ike Quebec and Johnny Griffin, and jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell.

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8:33 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Straight No Chaser for May 25: Last recordings from Frank Wess plus Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

Frank Wess at Vancouver's Jazz Cellar, 2005
Credit Steve Mynett

Sunday, May 25:

Tonight's edition of Straight No Chaser features one of the last recordings by Frank Wess. Then we learn the meaning of the blues from Jimmy Smith, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and Jimmy Ponder.

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1:33 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Straight No Chaser for May 18: Zoot Sims, Horace Silver, Wes Montgomery - plus web extras

The late, great Zoot Sims, known for his work with legends like Ray Charles and Benny Goodman, is among Sunday's SNC featured artists.
Credit The Concert Database

Sunday, May 18:

Historic figures all: pianist/composer Bill Evans, guitarist Wes Montgomery, Zoot Sims on sax, and pianist Horace Silver.

Web extras:

Wes Montgomery live in London circa 1965:

This week's long-watch: Horace Silver Quintet circa 1974 at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy.

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2:02 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Straight No Chaser for May 11: Bob Brookmeyer on T-bone, sax duo Mulligan and Desmond, big band jazz

One of Sundays's featured collaborations
Credit Album cover art

Sunday, May 11: KCMO-born trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, bari sax great Gerry Mulligan with his longtime collaborator, alto sax Paul Desmond (in an outing sans Dave Brubeck), Josh Breakstone on jazz guitar, and the Carl Saunders Big Band.

This week's long-watch: Dave Brubeck Trio feat. Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond.

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2:04 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Check out our web extras: Straight No Chaser features jazz pianists

Jazz piano fan favorite Bill Evans (1929-1980).

Sunday, April 27: Tonight we'll hear Art Tatum, Larry Willis, Bill Evans and Phil Woods.

Art Tatum's "Yesterdays":

Bill Evans' "My Foolish Heart":

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3:45 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Jazz clarinet phenom Buddy DeFranco featured Sunday on Straight No Chaser

Jazz clarinet great Buddy DeFranco pictured at the Village Jazz Lounge in Disney World in the late '70s.
Credit Laura Kolb

Sunday, April 20: Tonight, we welcome back Miles Davis, Peter Leitch, Buddy DeFranco and Freddie Redd.

A web extra for you:

Here's 'Flying Home', one of the many songs clarinetist Buddy DeFranco (now 91 years-old) performed live in a 1991 special (you can find the rest of the special on YouTube):

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1:53 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Jazz trombonist who started a 'musical sea shell' movement, this week on Straight No Chaser

With the lungs of a trombonist, jazzist Steve Turre has perfected the art of conch-shell music making.

Sunday, April 13

On the playlist tonight: composer/pianist Horace Silver, sax guru Zoot Sims, composer/pianist Bob Florence, trombonist and pioneer of 'the musical sea shell' Steve Turre and bebop woodwinds great, composer Phil Woods.

Check out this throwback from Walter Davis, Art Taylor, Doug Watkins and Zoot Sims from 1958:

And here's the Phil Woods Quartet performing with Michel Legrand circa 2001:

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3:31 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Timeless jazz: Clark Terry and Thad Jones, this week on Straight No Chaser

Sunday, April 6 2014:

Tonight, we've got timeless jazz from Clark Terry and Thad Jones, some of Bruce Barth's newest releases and Beatles tributes by numerous artists.

Clark Terry, whose Grammy and National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Awards include: 2010 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, NARAS President’s Merit Award, three Grammy nominations and two Grammy certificates.