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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Benny Golson
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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.

Joey DeFrancesco
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Joey DeFrancesco plays the Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival on Saturday, August 6th. Joey 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. He was renowned around Philadelphia when Miles Davis heard him on a Philly TV show in 1987, and the following year Davis featured the 17-year-old on a five-week tour of Europe. (See Joey D performing “Tu Tu” with Miles on the NEPR Jazz Blog: Miles Davis and the Young Philadelphians.

Terri Lyne Carrington
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In the latest episode of Jazz Beat, New England Public Radio’s Tom Reney speaks with Terri Lyne Carrington. The drummer and composer offers her thoughts on what saxophonist Benny Golson calls “the late arrival of justice,” with the advent of a new wave of women in jazz. Carrington shares some of the inspiration behind “The Mosaic Project,” recorded with an all-female ensemble and winner of the “Best Jazz Vocal Album” category at the 54th Grammy Awards in 2012.

Howlin Wolf
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In the latest edition of Jazz Beat, New England Public Radio's Tom Reney uses personal memories and a true love of the blues to bring cultural context to a moment in musical history, when Howlin Wolf appeared on the American TV show Shindig!, through which we can appreciate this American blues master.

Jazz Beat #19 - Bill Mays

Jun 16, 2016

For this episode of New England Public Radio’s Jazz Beat, Bill Mays discusses his new book, "Stories of the Road, the Studios, Sidemen & Singers: 55 Years in the Music Biz." Mays is a veteran pianist who’s worked in an amazing variety of settings with scores of musicians. Born in Sacramento, California in 1944, Bill did extensive work in Los Angeles studios for a couple of decades before he moved to New York in 1984. Bill Mays is donating all of the proceeds from sales of the book to the Musicians Fund of the American Federation of Musicians.

The latest edition of Jazz Beat showcases one of Tom Reney's favorites, New England pianist Dave McKenna. This essay is a demonstration of jazz styles, and of the sheer joy of being a true fan of great music.

In the latest episode of Jazz Beat, New England Public Radio's Tom Reney remembers baritone saxophone player Joe Temperley and the impact he made on the jazz world. Hailing from Scotland didn't separate Joe from this quintessentially American music; on the contrary, the music drew him to America and drew musicians to him.

Johnny Griffin
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In this episode of New England Public Radio's Jazz Beat, Jazz a la Mode host Tom Reney celebrates the life and saxophone of the great Johnny Griffin. The scope of Griffin's career offers us a nice panorama of jazz through the 20th century as African American music, even when it had to move to Europe!

Jazz Beat #14 - Joe Pass

Feb 10, 2016

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!

Was Martin Luther King inspired by Charlie Parker? In the latest edition of Jazz Beat, 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.

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