Tom Reney, Host of NEPR’s Jazz a la Mode, shines the spotlight on the career of one of the great jazz guitarists, Joe Pass. This podcast delineates the rise of Joe Pass’ career and its place in a wider jazz history. And it includes some really wonderful music!
Credit the respect Duke Ellington had earned elsewhere in the world with making it necessary for New Orleans to begin getting its act together before a bonafide jazz festival would be presented in the city of the music’s birth.
I heard someone on the radio last week saying that the invention of the electric guitar was one of the most epochal events in human […]
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.