Lalama was born into a musical family in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, 65 years ago today. He told All About Jazz that his mother was a professional singer who performed until she was eight months pregnant with him. “I was in her womb hearing these tunes live on the stage. I was hearing that vibration. It happened naturally…the…Songbook…is in my blood.”
Billy Childs presented a magnificent, heart warming concert of Laura Nyro’s music at Sanders Theater in Cambridge on January 22. The performance drew on Childs’s […]
Was Martin Luther King inspired by Charlie Parker? In the latest edition of JazzBeat, New England Public Radio’s Tom Reney explores the intersection of jazz and civil rights, including Dr. King’s address at the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival.
I heard “Rocket 88” by Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats only once before I bought it, but the two events were separated by almost […]
Today’s national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. brings to mind Sam Cooke’s song, “A Change Is Gonna Come.” Cooke’s civil rights anthem of […]
In the latest edition of JazzBeat, New England Public Radio’s Tom Reney puts Dick Johnson in the spotlight. Dick was a pillar of the New […]
Pablo was Norman Granz’s baby, and while fans of Ella, Oscar, Basie, Zoot Sims, Milt Jackson, and Sarah Vaughan remain grateful for the wide variety of settings he produced them in, it was Pass who enjoyed a first and lasting brush with fame through Granz’s efforts.
Johnson, Colombo, and Dave McKenna will always be yoked as New England jazz greats who brought real luster to the region’s music scene for over a half century. They were also among that rare brand of bebop-oriented players who became stylists for all seasons and occasions.
In this edition of NEPR’s Jazz Beat, Tom Reney explores the song “That’s Life” through incarnations by Frank Sinatra, OC Smith and James Brown. The history of a single song can reveal a lot about the singers and their times.
2015 claimed the lives of several major figures in music, some of whom (B.B. King, Clark Terry, Ornette Coleman, Phil Woods, and Allen Toussaint) were […]