It’s Billy Strayhorn’s centennial today. The great composer was born in Dayton, Ohio, on November 29, 1915. He grew up in Pittsburgh, where he attended […]
Thank God, and Mr. and Mrs. David Cohn, for bringing Alvin Gilbert Cohn into the world 90 years ago today. It’s hard to measure the value of swing and soul, but I’m certain that jazz would feel considerably less buoyant and exciting if Al had never graced it with his musical ingenuity.
In this heartfelt memorial tribute to New Orleans great Allen Toussaint, NEPR’s Tom Reney remembers the music, but also the soul, of a “great and good man.”
Today is Roswell Rudd’s 80th birthday. From Hotchkiss to Yale, Eli’s Chosen Six to the New York Art Quartet, Herbie Nichols to Archie Shepp, Steve […]
In tonight’s Jazz à la Mode, we’ll mourn the November 13 terrorist attacks against Paris and celebrate the special relationship that’s existed between American jazz musicians and the people of France since World War I.
Jazz Beat pays a visit to the Chairman of the Board. Tom Reney shares stories and favorite tunes from Frank Sinatra in advance of New England Public Radio’s Sinatra/Holiday Party on December 12th. More information about the party is at NEPR.net/sinatraholidayparty!
Toussaint was magisterial and confidently soft-spoken, and he possessed a piano lyricism of great depth and beauty. But he was unduly modest about his vocal abilities.
“My friends in Worcester said you could make twenty bucks a night there, so I’d go there on the Trailways bus with my dog…and I’d go hang out on the Clark University campus with my friend Paul Pena and play any number of seven or eight coffeehouses there every other weekend while I was in school.”
The great jazz vocalist Mark Murphy passed away in October. NEPR’s Tom Reney takes a look back on his career and influence.
I don’t think I’ve ever heard a Lou Donaldson performance I didn’t like. On record, in person, as a leader or sideman, Donaldson never fails to swing soulfully. Among the alto saxophonists who emerged after Charlie Parker had defined the new way…