Tom Reney

Tom’s Contributions


05/04/13    Columns

Tristano and Bird

Tom Reney blogs about the Chicago pianist's debt to Charlie Parker


04/02/13    Columns

Chick Webb: The Savoy King

Tom Reney blogs about one of the greatest drummers in jazz history


03/18/13    Columns

The Roots of Joe Henderson

Tom Reney blogs about the saxophonist’s impact and influences


02/27/13    Books

'Dameronia': A New Bio Sheds Light on a Sadly Forgotten Figure

The legacy of pianist/composer Tadd Dameron is finally recognized


02/02/13    Columns

Concert Review: Ralph Lalama and BopJuice

The tenor saxophonist at Smalls, NYC, Jan. 2013


12/20/12    Columns

Paul Butterfield: Origins of an Originator

Tom Reney Blogs on a Blues-Rock Innovator


12/16/12    Columns

Mickey Baker: A Tough Customer Who Never Lost His Edge

Tom Reney pays tribute to the recently deceased guitar pioneer


09/20/12    Columns

Houston Person: Timeless, Yet Endangered, Style

Radio host Tom Reney on the unique gifts of the veteran saxophonist

07/11/12    Jazz a la Mode

Tony Bennett: Loving Jazz

New England radio host Tom Reney blogs about the legendary singer


07/11/12    Jazz a la Mode

Joel Frahm: Storytelling Tenor

New England jazz radio host Tom Reney blogs about the saxophonist


07/04/12    Jazz a la Mode

Dexter Gordon’s Heroic Quest

Tom Reney blogs about the legacy of the powerful and colorful saxophonist


06/18/12    Columns

Jaki Byard: An Appreciation

Remembering the groundbreaking pianist on his 90th birthday


05/29/12    Jazz a la Mode

Archie Shepp: Admired by Trane, Feared by Miles

Reconsidering a reclusive giant at 75


05/25/12    Jazz a la Mode

Art Farmer: Every Note Means Something

Remembering one of the great unsung trumpeters

05/24/12    Jazz a la Mode

Jazz History-Historiography Milestone

Tom Reney on some of the earliest written pieces on jazz


04/30/12    Jazz a la Mode

Duke Ellington & George Wein: Civilizing New Orleans

Tom Reney connects the legendary bandleader with the festival promoter and the roots of Jazz Fest in New Orleans

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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