Jazz Beat A Jazz and Blues podcast from New England Public Media's 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 NEPM.org.
JazzBeat with Tom Reney

Jazz Beat

From New England Public Media

A Jazz and Blues podcast from New England Public Media's 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 NEPM.org.

Most Recent Episodes

Jazz Beat 56 - Ricky Riccardi and Tom Reney, Part Three

In Part 3 of Tom Reney's interview with Ricky Riccardi, author of Heart Full of Rhythm: The Big Band Years of Louis Armstrong, they discuss Armstrong's tour of England in 1932, and his European sojourn in 1934-35; his top billing in the movie, Pennies From Heaven; his groundbreaking achievement as the first African American host of a network radio series; and the controversy over his 1938 recording, "When the Saints Go Marching In."

Jazz Beat 55 - Peter Guralnick Interview, Part Two

In part two of Tom Reney's interview with Peter Guralnick, they discuss three of the subjects of Guralnick's book, Looking to Get Lost: Adventures in Music and Writing: Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, and country music legend, Dick Curless, whose career began in the late 1940s in Ware, Massachusetts.

Jazz Beat 54 - Peter Guralnick

In 2015, Tom Reney spoke with Peter Guralnick about his biography, Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock & Roll . And now in a two-part Jazz Beat, he's interviewed Peter about six of the American music legends who are profiled in Guralnick's new book, Looking to Get Lost: Adventures In Music & Writing: Robert Johnson, Skip James, Johnny Cash, Howlin' Wolf, Dick Curless and Ray Charles.

Jazz Beat 53 - Ricky Riccardi and Tom Reney, Part Two

In Part Two of Tom Reney's conversation with Ricky Riccardi about his new book, Heart Full of Rhythm: The Big Band Years of Louis Armstrong, Riccardi discusses Armstrong's skirmishes with Prohibition-era gangsters and managers; the trumpeter's triumphant return to his birthplace of New Orleans in 1931; and the massive archive of self-documentation in letters, scrapbooks, and tape recordings that Armstrong left for posterity.

Jazz Beat 52 - Ricky Riccardi and Tom Reney Discuss Louis Armstrong, Part One

Tom Reney spoke with Louis Armstrong biographer Ricky Riccardi about his new book, Heart Full of Rhythm, The Big Band Years of Louis Armstrong. In the first of a multi-part interview, they discuss Armstrong's breakthrough in the early 1930s as a popular artist; his first recordings of Broadway show tunes; and the mixed response that Armstrong received during this period from critics in the U.S. and Europe.

Jazz Beat 52 - Ricky Riccardi and Tom Reney Discuss Louis Armstrong, Part One

Jazz Beat 51 - Interview with Joe Farnsworth

Tom Reney spoke with drummer Joe Farnsworth about his new album, TIME TO SWING. In his liner note essay for the album, veteran drummer Billy Hart describes Farnsworth as "one of the rhythm philosophers." Listen here for the South Hadley, Massachusetts native discussing his experiences working with Junior Cook, Harold Mabern, Lou Donaldson, Cecil Payne, Eric Alexander and Wynton Marsalis.

Jazz Beat 50 – An Interview with Sonny Rollins

Tom Reney interviewed Sonny Rollins in August 2020 for a project honoring Yusef Lateef's centennial. Sonny enjoyed a long friendship with Yusef, and he considers the late saxophonist a mentor and spiritual inspiration. The 90-year-old Saxophone Colossus also discusses his groundbreaking work of 1958, THE FREEDOM SUITE, and elaborates on interviews he's recently given The New York Times and The New Yorker about living by the Golden Rule.

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.

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