Straight No Chaser

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Hosts: Shaukat Husain and Demetrios Tsimon.

Description: Jazz presented by your hosts Shaukat Husain and Demetrios Tsimon. This show has been on the air for more than 27 years and features all varieties of jazz with an emphasis on the modern. Tune in and listen!

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Mentioned in the article Radio Jazz, 2009,

In these downloading days, it’s easy to forget the value of a 19th century invention.

Radio. Now there’s a concept. Turn it on, tune it in, and drop, not out, but in to the comforting ritual of a weekly program presented by a host who knows a subject intimately.

Residents of southern Vancouver Island and vicinity are particularly fortunate in that they receive a signal loud and clear from Seattle’s National Public Radio jazz station KPLU at 88.5 on the FM dial. Without a computer or any other fancy doodad, we can enjoy great jazz conversations, spoken and musical, hosted by the likes of piano great Marion McPartland.

Even closer to home, of course, is the granddaddy jazz program of them all, CBC’s Hot Air, the longest running show of its kind in North America, these days hosted by Paul Grant but launched in 1947 at the tail end of the big band era by Bob Smith. Smith presented Hot Air for over thirty years, initiating a few generations of jazz fans into his special world of vinyl. Today, Grant, a strong voice for jazz in Canada, carries on that tradition, putting a special emphasis on BC musicians.

And closer yet we can tune in to Victoria’s local community radio station CFUV, 101.9 FM, where Arnold van Klaveren has been hosting Rhythm-a-ning since 1989, putting his main focus on Canadian musicians, with a special emphasis on BC players. Van Klaveren also manages a website on which you’ll find his weekly play lists. He’s always on the look out for new Canadian jazz for his program. You can contact him via his website at and enjoy two hours of music on Monday night on CFUV from 6-8 pm.

Of course CFUV also runs the venerable Straight, No Chaser, co-hosted by Shaukat Husain and Demetrios Tsimon, former owners of what was, before it fell victim to the digital onslaught, one of Canada’s premiere jazz record stores, Victoria’s own Sweet Thunder Records. You can catch Husain and Tsimon on Wednesday nights from 6-8pm.

And CFUV features a third slightly more experimental jazz show called Searchin’ hosted by Ian Cochran in that same time slot on Friday nights.

So even if you can’t get out for live jazz, consider shutting off the TV and tuning in to the intimate world of radio jazz.

“Rick Gibbs



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    1. Gord Clements says: May 10, 2019

      Hi Shaukat and Demetri,
      I hope all is wonderful with you both. If possible I’d love to drop by your show and promote my next big project; a concert and live recording at Hermanns on May 30. The music will be mostly all new and original, and the musicians will include my son Olivier on trumpet and flugelhorn, Rob Chermany on guitar, Dave Emery on drums, and recent addition to Victoria Louis Rudner on bass. I’ll be playing bass clarinet as well as tenor and soprano sax. Please let me know if I can provide you with any more info. I’d also be pleased to bring you some CDs to give away.

      Thanks hugely!

      • Shaukat Husain says: July 4, 2019

        Hi Gord,
        Just saw this. Demetrios and I have been away for May and June. My apologies for not getting back to you. Best way to reach me is by my email
        I am happy to have you appear on the show and we can play and talk about your new CD. Our show has been pre-empted till the end of August so get in touch with me then and we can arrange a date that works for you.

    2. Peter Halling says: October 9, 2017

      Hello Shaukat May I make a request? Two versions of Leonard Bernstein’s “Some Other Time”, one with Bill Evans, and a vocal rendering featuring Tony Bennett? I think the song is from “On The Town”? I just love that show of yours. Blessings PGH

    3. Mark Wells says: September 30, 2015

      Hi Shaukat, I am somewhat new to Victoria…..slow move over from Vancouver and through the Gulf Islands. I just wanted to let you know that I love your show(s). I think you are a great presenter and I look forward to listening all the time. If you have playlists that you email out I would like to be on an email list so I can have some record of what you are or have played on your shows.
      Thanks again!


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