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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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
CREATIVE COMMONS

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.

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.

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