Jazz Beat Podcast

A Jazz and Blues podcast from New England Public Radio’s Tom Reney, the host of the daily Jazz à la Mode radio program for over 30 years.

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Bob Dylan

In the latest edition of NEPR's Jazz Beat, Tom Reney highlights the prominence of jazz in Bob Dylan’s memoir, Chronicles, Volume 1, and a critical moment of impact that the music had on the return to form that the Nobel laureate has exhibited since 1997.

Loren Schoenberg
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For the latest edition of New England Public Radio's Jazz Beat, Tom Reney speaks with Loren Schoenberg, the founding director and resident scholar at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. The museum has just released the first volume of recordings from the Savory Collection, a treasure trove of jazz recorded off of broadcasts in the 1930s and early ‘40s. Listen here for Coleman Hawkins, Ella Fitzgerald, Lionel Hampton, and other highlights from the collection, and a lively exchange between Loren and Tom.

In this edition of Jazz Beat, NEPR's Tom Reney pays tribute to the jazz legend Phil Woods. The late, great alto saxophonist was born in Springfield, Mass, 85 years ago. This month, Downbeat Magazine announced that Phil has been elected to its Hall of Fame. Listen here for an overview of Woods's career and numerous samples of his great music.

Jazz Beat #26 - Chuck Berry

Oct 19, 2016
Chuck Berry

This edition of Tom Reney’s Jazz Beat podcast looks at Chuck Berry’s place in history as the original rock'n'roller turns 90. Tom features many of Berry's groundbreaking, eternally fresh singles and contemplates what this seemingly simple music says about us as a country.

John Coltrane

John Coltrane, whose 90th birthday is Friday, September 23rd, had a short but episodic career. On the latest edition of Jazz Beat, New England Public Radio’s Tom Reney takes a look at an important transition in Coltrane’s life, when he made his final tour with Miles Davis and first began playing soprano saxophone, which was a gift from Miles to the tenor sax-playing icon.

Houston Person

The latest edition of Jazz Beat delivers some great music along with an appreciation of the great jazz saxophonist Houston Person. Person, who frequently plays in Western New England, is an exemplar of why the role of "keeper of the flame" is essential to the tradition and future of jazz.

Benny Golson

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

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

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

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.