JazzBeat with Tom Reney A Jazz and Blues podcast from New England Public Radio's (WFCR) Tom Reney. Tom has been the host of the daily Jazz a la Mode radio program for over 30 years. He lectures widely on jazz, and his writing on music has appeared in the Boston Globe, Downbeat, Jazz Times and the jazz blog at NEPR.net.
JazzBeat with Tom Reney

JazzBeat with Tom Reney

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A Jazz and Blues podcast from New England Public Radio's (WFCR) Tom Reney. Tom has been the host of the daily Jazz a la Mode radio program for over 30 years. He lectures widely on jazz, and his writing on music has appeared in the Boston Globe, Downbeat, Jazz Times and the jazz blog at NEPR.net.More from JazzBeat with Tom Reney »

Most Recent Episodes

Jazz Beat 42 - Charles Neville

Tom Reney pays memorial tribute to Charles Neville on this edition of Jazz Beat.

Jazz Beat 41 - Anat Cohen

This edition of Jazz Beat features an interview that Tom Reney conducted with Anat Cohen in 2008 when she was the Billy Taylor Artist in Residence at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

JazzBeat - Ruby Braff

In his latest edition of JazzBeat, NEPR's Tom Reney turns the spotlight on Boston-born trumpeter Ruby Braff. Braff's biography and his influences illuminate the period of jazz history that he inhabited. But the tone and style that you'll hear in the episode's music samples point to the timelessness of the music coming from his trumpet.

Jazz Beat - Max Roach

In the latest episode of Jazz Beat, Tom Reney celebrates the legacy of the jazz great Max Roach, and recalls the personal influence the drummer had on his life. Our podcast includes excerpts from Max's recordings with Clifford Brown, Sonny Rollins, Abbey Lincoln, and Stanley Turrentine, and selections from a solo concert by Max that Tom produced in 1979.

Jazz Beat - Fats Domino

Tom Reney's memorial tribute to Fats Domino credits the great pianist as a founder of rock' n'roll and an exemplar of New Orleans rhythm and blues , and addresses a schism between jazz and r&b.

Jazz Beat – Randy Newman And Sonny Boy Williamson

Tom Reney looked into the legends of the two bluesmen known as Sonny Boy Williamson for this Jazz Beat podcast refuting some of what Randy Newman asserts in his new song, "Sonny Boy." Hear deep background on these blues greats, as well as Newman's tune, and blues classics by Sonny Boy I and II, and Billy Boy Arnold and Mose Allison.

Jazz Beat - Geoff Muldaur

This edition of Jazz Beat is devoted to Tom Reney's interview with Geoff Muldaur, the singer/guitarist/banjo player whose associations include the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and Maria Muldaur in the 1960s, and Paul Butterfield's Better Days in the early '70s.

JAZZ BEAT - Django and the Ellingtonians

In the latest edition of Jazz Beat, Tom Reney takes a look at the time that Duke Ellington's orchestra met jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt in Paris, and the concerts and recordings that came out of that meeting. This JazzBeat is peppered with wonderful examples of swinging jazz by Django and the Ellingtonians.

Doc Severinsen at 90: The Interview

This edition of Jazz Beat presents an interview conducted by guest host Peter Sokolowski with Doc Severinsen, famous as Johnny Carson's bandleader on The Tonight Show and a virtuoso trumpet player who still practices every day. This conversation took place before a live audience in the recital hall at UMASS Amherst, and covers subjects from Doc's early career touring with big bands, his work as a studio musician in New York, and his television days. He discusses several of his favorite players and concludes with his thoughts about retirement and his dedication to his instrument: "I think about the trumpet when I'm sleeping at night."

Jazz Beat - Warmest And Tightest

This episode of Jazz Beat focuses on the one and only album that Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington made together. Tom Reney reviews the run-up to the Great Summit, highlights of the album, and thoughts on the legacies of these two jazz giants.

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