Tom Reney’s podcast hits on the history and mystery of jazz.
For JazzBeat 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 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.
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 Savory Collection, a treasure trove of jazz recorded off of broadcasts in the 1930s and early ‘40s
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 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 about us as a country.
On the latest edition of JazzBeat, New England Public Radio's Tom Reney takes a look at an important transition in Coltrane's life, when he made his final tour with Miles Davis, when he first picked up the soprano saxophone.
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 the tradition and future of jazz.
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 of composing I Remember Clifford for his “friend forever,” Clifford Brown; and his friendship with John Coltrane and other aspects of his Philadelphia boyhood. He expands upon a previously undocumented night when Louis Armstrong sat in with Tadd Dameron’s band in Atlantic City and engaged in a “time battle” with Clifford Brown. And he shares anecdotes about Bill Evans, Herb Pomeroy, and Miles Davis; expresses respect for the jazz writer Nat Hentoff; and discusses working with Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks on the movie The Terminal.
Joey DeFrancesco 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.
Terri Lyne Carrington will be performing with her "Money Jungle" quartet at Springfield’s Jazz and Roots Festival on August 6th.