Tom Reney

Tom’s Contributions


04/24/12    Jazz a la Mode

Meditations on Mingus’ 90th

Tom Reney blogs about the legendary bassist and his legacy

04/09/12    Jazz a la Mode

Jazz on a Summer’s Day: Bringing Jazz Into the Sun

Tom Reney on the documentary film about the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival


03/27/12    Jazz a la Mode

Framing Marian McPartland

Tom Reney blogs about In Good Time, a new documentary on the pianist and radio host


03/14/12    Jazz a la Mode

Tom Reney Asks: What's the Matter with Kids Today?

Radio host blogs about recent experience as a guest lecturer at local liberal arts college


03/08/12    Jazz a la Mode

Jeremy Pelt: On BAM, Blossom Dearie, and Groove

Tom Reney interviews the trumpeter about his thoughts on a wide range of topics

03/06/12    Jazz a la Mode

Lou Colombo: The Cape’s Leading Light

Tom Reney blogs about legacy of the late New England-based jazz trumpeter

03/01/12    Jazz a la Mode

Monk/Oscar/Evans: Live at the BBC

Tom Reney digs into ‘60s television appearances by jazz piano greats

02/08/12    Jazz a la Mode

Is Ehud Asherie in Town?

Tom Reney blogs about emerging piano talent

01/28/12    Jazz a la Mode

Johnny Otis: Black by Persuasion

Tom Reney on the life and legacy of the unique R&B performer


01/27/12    Jazz a la Mode

Bravo Sonny Rollins, Boo the Kennedy Center

Tom Reney has a beef with the Kennedy Center Honors

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About Tom Reney


Tom Reney was a 13-year-old in 1966 when he first saw Duke Ellington in concert, an experience that resonated with his love for r&b and ignited his passion for jazz. He says that intensive listening to Ellington’s music not only gave him a deep appreciation for Ellingtonia, but for jazz from the ‘20’s to the present. Reney, whose radio career began in 1977, has been the producer and host of Jazz à la Mode on WFCR/New England Public Radio in Amherst, Massachusetts since 1984. The program broadcasts and audio streams on weeknights between 8 and 11 p.m.

Reney has written on jazz for Down Beat, The Boston Globe Magazine, the Daily Hampshire Gazette and various record labels. He served as the jazz and popular music editor for several publications of the Cambridge University Press, including The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography. He lectures on jazz history at Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts.

Tom Reney joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 27, 2012