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Straight No Chaser

If the phrase "male a cappella group" conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses… think again. If, on the other hand, it conjures up campy college ensembles singing joke versions of "Like A Virgin" in boxer shorts… think again. Straight No Chaser are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. As original member Randy Stine comments, "We take the music very seriously; we just don't take ourselves too seriously." In the process, they are reinventing the idea of a cappella on the modern pop landscape


Tunesmiths Wanted for Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project

The Johnny Mercer Foundation and the American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University are presenting the fourth annual Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project on Northwestern's Evanston, Ill. campus, June 21 to 27. The no-fee, weeklong workshop led by Tony- and Grammy award-winning artists is seeking talented young songwriters or writing teams from all popular music genres to ...


Fifty Years Ago Today: "Freddie Freeloader" and the Start of "Kind of Blue"

Musicians arrived at Columbia 30th Street Studios in New York fifty years ago today to begin working on the new Miles Davis album. Present that day were saxophonists John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb. Kelly would record just one tune that day, before leaving and being replaced ...


Motion for Mardi Gras

Fat Tuesday is upon us! This year, on top of showing your favorite mask and beads, Zatarain's is asking America to show their festival spirit with “Motion for Mardi Gras". A tradition in New Orleans since before the turn of the century, the restaurant and food company begin by Emile A. Zatarain, Sr. is now behind ...


Fifty Years Ago Today: Ornette Coleman's "Turnaround"

Ornette Coleman was becoming well known in the Los Angeles jazz scene in the 1950's, supporting himself with menial jobs during the day and blowing bebop in the clubs at night. Deeply dissatisfied with following the pack, he began to play with others who felt the same way - , trumpeters Don Cherry and Bobby Bradford, ...

Straight No Chaser

Label: Jazzheads
Released: 2008
Track listing: Loverin'; Miyake; Blues For Janice; Airegin; Shanti; Sleeping Beauty; Invitation; Violets For Your Furs; Straight,No Chaser; Crianza.


Straight No Chaser Launch Online Advent Calendar

Straight No Chaser Launch Online Advent Calendar

Atlantic Records’ a cappella group Straight No Chaser has launched an online Christmas advent calendar just in time for the holidays. Stop by every day leading up to Christmas Day to get a new surprise, including exclusive video, audio, wallpapers, buddy icons, drink recipes and lots of other cool Straight No Chaser gifts. Check out the ...


Straight No Chaser – Free Holiday MP3

Straight No Chaser – Free Holiday MP3

A cappella 10-piece Straight No Chaser have just released their Atlantic Records debut, Holiday Spirits, a captivating collection of 14 classic and original Christmas songs. The group is offering fans a free mp3 featuring two new tracks from the album. Originally formed a dozen years ago while students together at Indiana University, the group reassembled and ...


Mark Weinstein: Straight No Chaser

Read "Straight No Chaser" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

In 1966, Mark Weinstein was a member of Eddie Palmieri's La Perfecta a trombonist. In order to get a summer-long gig, Weinstein trained himself to become a flutist and it worked. Since then he has not looked back. On Straight No Chaser, Weinstein conjures up a change of direction from his previous three ...


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