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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.

Boston Jazz Chronicles front cover

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.

They’re all in the pages of this book. Look on the Jazz Chronicles page for more information, including an excerpt from Chapter 4 and an expanded table of contents.

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

Another hobby: I am selling some of the mountain of jazz memorabilia that I’ve accumulated over the last decade on EBay. I’m selling jazz magazines from the 1950s to the 1970s, photos, concert memorabilia, LPs and CDs, and whatever else emerges from the attic. To view what’s on offer today, use the EBay advanced search option and under Sellers, search for my seller ID, rpv651.

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 just added “Lazy Afternoon,” recorded by Jackie and Roy for Storyville Records in 1955. It joins offerings from musicians as diverse as Baird Hersey and the Year of the Ear to 1950’s singer Charlene Bartley. Coming soon: Jaki Byard, Live at Lennie’s. Take a look and have a listen.

After taking the summer off, the history blog on this site is back in business. Click on the On Troy Street: A Blog, button on the menu at the top of this page. There are more than 270 posts of Boston lore to find there.

Upcoming Events

Jimmy McHughOctober 9, 2014: Back again as 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. This week it’s a Jimmy McHugh Spectacular! Jamaica Plain’s own Jimmy McHugh was Boston’s man on Tin Pan Alley, and the composer of some 500 songs between the mid-1920s and mid-1950s. His songs—among them “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love, Baby,” “Don’t Blame Me,” “Exactly Like You,” “A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening”—placed McHugh in the top tier of American songwriters and made him a favorite of jazz musicians for decades. That’s from 6:00 to 7:00, Steve’s new time slot this fall. Do listen in.

Interested in a Boston Jazz Chronicles slide presentation for your group meeting or event? Email info@troystreet.com for more information.