Joe Albany was a critically acclaimed but little known jazz pianist - one of the few white musicians to play bebop with Charlie Parker. His story is told in the film, Low Down - based on a memoir by Amy-Jo Albany, his daughter.

The film tells the story of a man torn between his musical ambition, his devotion to his teenage daughter, and his suffocating heroin addiction.

On Monday, September 28th at 7pm Amherst Cinema will present a screening of the film as part of their Jazz a la Mode film series.

UMass Amherst

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has hired attorney and former town official Eric Beal as the first neighborhood liaison. The new position was a key recommendation from former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis , who was hired by the university to consult on how to handle large off-campus disturbances in the wake of the infamous 2014 “ Blarney Blowout.”  

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Beal.

Amherst Denies Request For 9/11 Flag Referendum

Sep 18, 2013
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The Amherst, Massachusetts Select Board has denied a resident's request to let voters decide whether dozens of U.S. flags should be flown downtown every year to mark the anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

The board has agreed to fly flags downtown every five years to mark 9/11, but Larry Kelley wants them up every year.

He asked the board to allow a nonbinding referendum on the issue, but was denied Monday night.

State Senator Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst is poised to become the next president of the Massachusetts Senate.  The 63 year old Rosenberg, who has been in the state legislature since 1987, announced he had received the overwhelming support of the Democratic caucus on Wednesday to succeed Senate President Therese Murray when her term ends.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Rosenberg.


    A new era began today at the University of Massachusetts flagship campus. The new UMass Amherst Chancellor made his public debut at a traditional town-gown event marking the start of the new school year.   WAMC”s  Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.