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Troy Street Publishing is an independent publisher developing print and online content about the social and regional history of Boston and Massachusetts in the middle years of the twentieth century. Visit About Us to see what’s doing on Troy Street.
Troy Street’s first book, The Boston Jazz Chronicles: Faces, Places, and Nightlife 1937–1962, is the first book to examine the lively story of Boston and its music at mid-century. It is the definitive source of information for jazz fans and students, researchers and librarians, and any reader interested in Boston’s social history. The cast of characters includes Sabby Lewis, Lawrence Berk, Jaki Byard, Nat Pierce, Charlie Mariano, Joe Gordon, George Wein, Herb Pomeroy, Sam Rivers, George Frazier, Symphony Sid Torin, Nat Hentoff, Father Norman O’Connor, and many others.
People are reading The Boston Jazz Chronicles, so check out the reviews and testimonials from Arts Fuse, Library Journal, Nat Hentoff, Carol Sloane, George Wein, Eric Jackson, and more!
News from Troy Street
Bob Porter reviewed The Boston Jazz Chronicles in the December 2012 IAJRC Journal, the quarterly magazine of the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors, and he called it “Highly recommended.” Due to one of those oversights that happen in publishing sometimes, they ran the review with the wrong book cover. IAJRC Journal was kind enough to reprint the review, with the correct cover, in March 2013.
The Boston Jazz Chronicles has been nominated for a 2012 Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research, in the jazz category, by the ARSC, the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. It’s truly an honor to be nominated for this award, won in years past by books such as Tad Hershorn’s book on Norman Granz and Helene LaFaro-Fernandez’s book on Scott LaFaro. Fast company!
JJA News published my article on Redstar Union in Cambridge, "Multimedia Here and Now". They’re programming unique events doing innovative media work, and if you are interested in the performing arts in the age of smart TV, read this article and check out the event videos on the Redstar Union website.
May 20, 2013: At 1:00 this afternoon, I’ll be a guest on a special edition of Steve Provizer’s Duplex Mystery Jazz Hour on WZBC, 90.3 on the FM dial. Follow the Listen link to stream it. The Duplex Mystery Jazz Hour can also be heard at its regular time of 6:00 p.m. on Thursday. We’ll be playing records from the discography in The Boston Jazz Chronicles and more, so do give a listen.