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

From New England Public Radio

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.

Most Recent Episodes

Jazz Beat 49 - An Interview with Paul Arslanian

Tom Reney spoke with Paul Arslanian on May 6 about his career in jazz. Paul is a veteran pianist who's been a highly visible figure in jazz in Western Massachusetts since 1984. In 2010, he was a co-founder of the Northampton Jazz Workshop, and since then, he's produced a series of weekly performances that feature a guest artist who plays with the Northampton-based Green Street Trio. Arslanian is the Trio's pianist, which also includes bassist George Kaye and drummer Jon Fisher.

Jazz Beat 47 - Champian Fulton

Champian Fulton was hailed by Francis Davis in the Village Voice in 2007, the year of her debut recording, as "the best new singer I've heard this year-- make that several years."

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.

Jazz Beat - 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.

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