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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, Frankie Newton, Father Norman O’Connor, and many others.
People are reading The Boston Jazz Chronicles. Check out the reviews and testimonials from Arts Fuse, Library Journal, Nat Hentoff, Carol Sloane, George Wein, Eric Jackson, Bob Porter, and more.
News from Troy Street
Michael Steinman, of the popular blog Jazz Lives wrote a very positive review of The Boston Jazz Chronicles in February. Read the full review here, and if you don’t know Jazz Lives, please explore it and enjoy the fine music that Michael consistently posts.
Our friends at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge have informed me that The Boston Jazz Chronicles has been added to their library of titles that can be printed on demand on their Espresso Book Machine. The book is never out of stock—if you don’t see it on the shelves, they can print you one. Another reason to support your local bookseller.
The Boston Jazz Chronicles YouTube channel grows slowly. I’ve added Charlie Mariano and Herb Pomeroy to the fold, as well as an obscure Ellington number, “B Sharp Boston,” which may be Duke’s comment on the breakup of the Boston band of Sabby Lewis. Take a look and have a listen.
I’ve been adding fewer posts to On Troy Street, the Boston jazz history blog on this site. Call it a time out to recharge the batteries. Plenty there for you to read, though: over 270 posts of Boston lore. Take a peek if you haven’t visited it yet.
Alison Barnet’s new book, South End Character: Speaking Out on Neighborhood Change, isn’t about jazz, but it is about the neighborhood that was the first home of jazz in Boston. Alison has lived in the South End since the 1960s and has been writing a column in the South End News for years. South End Character is a collection of her columns about the people and places, both contemporary and historic, from her South End. The book is an eminently reasonable $10 plus tax and shipping, and is available directly from the author. Email her at: email@example.com.
The Boston Jazz Chronicles was awarded one of three 2013 Certificates of Merit for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research in Jazz by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC). It is an honor to be recognized for my research into the long-absent Boston labels Motif, Crystal-Tone, Mood, Transition, and Storyville. My thanks to the ARSC for continuing to recognize those of us who are documenting activity that took place outside of New York and L.A.
April 3, 2014: I’ll be a guest on Steve Provizer’s Duplex Mystery Jazz Hour on WZBC, 90.3 on the FM dial. Follow the Listen link to stream it. We’ll be doing another deep dive into Boston’s jazz past. That’s from 5:00 to 6:00, the best drive-time entertainment on radio! Do listen in.