Tom Reney presents jazz history workshop

Tom Reney, host of “Jazz a la Mode” on WFCR-FM, will offer a new session in his ongoing series “A Listener’s Guide to Jazz History,” beginning Oct. 3. The series of eight meetings is held at the Broadside Bookshop, 241 Main St., Northampton, on Sundays between 6-9 p.m. The cost of the workshop is on a sliding scale of $250-180.

The workshop offers a survey of jazz history, highlighting its various styles and most important figures, placing their contributions within the musical and social context of their time. Each meeting features extensive listening and lively discussion around many classic jazz recordings, and guidance in building a jazz collection.

Reney has been the jazz producer at WFCR since 1984. He has taught courses in jazz history at the University and Holyoke Community College, and has lectured at colleges and universities throughout New England. He writes about jazz for RCA Victor Records, the Boston Globe Magazine, and Valley Advocate, and served as the jazz and popular music editor for The Cambridge Biographical Encyclopedia and
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography.

Pre-register by phone at 586-1764, or by e-mail at