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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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.

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.

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