In the latest edition of Jazz Beat, New England Public Radio's Tom Reney puts Dick Johnson in the spotlight. Dick was a pillar of the New England Jazz community and a bearer of the jazz torch, bringing inspiration from Artie Shaw into the present.

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 Jazz Beat, 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.