Jazz à la Mode

NEPR: Weekdays, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Welcome to Jazz à la Mode, which airs weeknights between 8-11 p.m. on 88.5FM. Hosted by Tom Reney since 1984, Jazz à la Mode draws on the rich and varied traditions of jazz from the 1920’s to the present. Whether it’s a classic recording by Louis Armstrong or Billie Holiday, a great standard by Harold Arlen or Duke Ellington, modern jazz landmarks by Miles Davis or John Coltrane, or the latest by Gregory Porter or Wynton Marsalis, Jazz à la Mode has plenty to satisfy your tastes.

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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.

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."

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, 2015!

The great jazz vocalist Mark Murphy passed away in October. NEPR's Tom Reney takes a look back on his career and influence.

Jazz Beat #7 - B B King

Sep 29, 2015

The King of the Blues had a profound influence on all who saw him perform, including New England Public Radio's Tom Reney. This podcast is a look back at BB King's career and influence, with some samples of his wonderful music.

On JazzBeat, Tom Reney focuses on the Newport Folk Festival fifty years ago, when the Paul Butterfield Blues Band brought the electric blues to Newport and Bob Dylan followed suit.

Louis Armstrong appeared in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1933, and the film made then is one of the earliest records of Armstrong's live performances. It forms an invaluable touchstone for jazz scholarship. Tom Reney explores Louis' stage personas and samples some music from that Danish appearance.

Barney Kessel was one of the best jazz guitarists of all time. This podcast is a look at his story and his style, with some great music mixed in.

New England Public Radio's Tom Reney reflects on jazz singer Sheila Jordan and the quality of her recent performances.

July 25th marked the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan going electric at the Newport Folk Festival. The milestone is being widely commemorated, and it follows the sale two years ago of the Fender Stratocaster he played that Sunday night. Elijah Wald’s new book, Dylan Goes Electric: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties, tells the story more accurately and contextually than any previous renderings

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