Jazz Beat 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.
||CleanJazz 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,||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJazz 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 ‘||9/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJazz 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||9/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJazz Beat - 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||8/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJazz 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.||7/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJazz Beat - Jaki Byard||Tom Reney offers an appreciation of piano legend Jaki Byard in this edition of Jazz Beat. Byard’s 95th birthday anniversary was June 22, and his legacy thrives both on records and through his well-known protégés Jason Moran, Larry Goldings, Marty Ehrl||6/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJazz Beat - Duke Ellington's New Orleans Suite||Tom Reney looks back at Duke Ellington’s “New Orleans Suite,” and the crucial role that Duke and festival producer George Wein played in the establishment of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which just completed its 49 th annual presentatio||5/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJazz Beat - Scott LaFaro||In the latest edition of Jazz Beat, Tom Reney explores the legacy of the bassist Scott LaFaro, who was a leading innovator in modern jazz and a member of the Bill Evans Trio. LaFaro was tragically killed in an auto accident in 1961 at age 25, and he’s t||4/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJazz Beat - Nat Hentoff||For Jazz Beat 30, Tom Reney pays tribute to Nat Hentoff, who died on January 7 at 91. The Boston-born journalist wrote primarily on First Amendment issues for the Village Voice for 50 years, but was also a renowned jazz critic and historian. In the early||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJazz Beat - Bob Dylan As Nobel Laureate||In the latest edition of NEPR's Jazz Beat, Tom Reney highlights the prominence of jazz in Bob Dylan’s memoir, Chronicles, Volume 1, and a critical moment of impact that the music had on the return to form that the Nobel laureate has exhibited since 1997||12/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJazz Beat #28 - Loren Schoenberg||For the latest edition of New England Public Radio's Jazz Beat, Tom Reney speaks with Loren Schoenberg, the founding director and resident scholar at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. The museum has just released the first volume of recordings from the||11/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJazz Beat #27 - Phil Woods||In this edition of Jazz Beat, NEPR's Tom Reney pays tribute to the jazz legend Phil Woods. The late, great alto saxophonist was born in Springfield, Mass, 85 years ago. This month, Downbeat Magazine announced that Phil has been elected to its Hall of Fame||11/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJazz Beat #26 - Chuck Berry||This edition of Tom Reney’s Jazz Beat podcast looks at Chuck Berry’s place in history as the original rock'n'roller turns 90. Tom features many of Berry's groundbreaking, eternally fresh singles and contemplates what this seemingly simple music says a||10/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJazz Beat #25 - John Coltrane||John Coltrane, whose 90th birthday is Friday, September 23rd, had a short but episodic career. On the latest edition of Jazz Beat, New England Public Radio’s Tom Reney takes a look at an important transition in Coltrane’s life, when he made his final||9/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJazz Beat #24 - Houston Person||The latest edition of Jazz Beat delivers some great music along with an appreciation of the great jazz saxophonist Houston Person. Person, who frequently plays in Western New England, is an exemplar of why the role of "keeper of the flame" is essential to||8/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJazz Beat #23 - Benny Golson||On Jazz Beat 23, Tom Reney speaks with Benny Golson about his memoir, Whisper Not: The Autobiography of Benny Golson. In their conversation, Golson vividly recalls the impact of seeing Lionel Hampton’s band with Arnett Cobb when he was 14; the challenge||8/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJazz Beat #22 - Joey DeFrancesco||Joey DeFrancesco plays the Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival on Saturday, August 6th. Joey was still in his teens when he was hailed as a Young Lion and keyboard phenom who helped revive the Hammond organ’s prominence in jazz in the late 1980s||7/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJazz Beat #21 – Terri Lyne Carrington||In the latest episode of Jazz Beat, New England Public Radio’s Tom Reney speaks with Terri Lyne Carrington. The drummer and composer offers her thoughts on what saxophonist Benny Golson calls “the late arrival of justice,” with the advent of a new w||7/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJazz Beat #20 - Howlin' Wolf||In the latest edition of Jazz Beat, New England Public Radio's Tom Reney uses personal memories and a true love of the blues to bring cultural context to a moment in musical history, when Howlin Wolf appeared on the American TV show Shindig!, through||7/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJazz Beat #19 - Bill Mays||For this episode of New England Public Radio’s Jazz Beat, Bill Mays discusses his new book, "Stories of the Road, the Studios, Sidemen & Singers: 55 Years in the Music Biz." Mays is a veteran pianist who’s worked in an amazing variety of settings with||6/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Nice to hear the blog in audio.
Being a fan of Tom Reney’s Jazz à la Mode radio program and blog, it was great to finally hear them come together as a podcast. Nice work Tom! Sounds great.