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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.
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News from Troy Street
The Boston Jazz Chronicles is on YouTube! I try to end every blog post with a link to relevant music, but for some of the Bostonians I write about, there is no relevant music to be found. I’ve started making music videos and uploading them to my new Boston Jazz Chronicles channel. The first batch includes two numbers by Sabby Lewis, and one each by Jimmy Tyler, Charlene Bartley, and a Ralph Burns/Serge Chaloff group. And a vocal gem by Roz Wise that I know you’ll enjoy.
Hard to believe, but I’ve finished the first year of On Troy Street, the Boston jazz history blog elsewhere on this site. I posted close to 250 entries in 2013, and added google search to the blog to help navigate. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (ASRC). 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 ASRC for continuing to recognize those of us who are documenting activity that took place outside of New York and L.A.
February 18, 2014: Jazz had no better home than the clubs in Boston’s South End, and no finer players than the musicians working in them. We’ll talk about all these people and places at the Boston Public Library’s South End Branch, 685 Tremont Street in Boston (617-536-8241), 6:00–7:00 p.m., in a presentation titled: A South End Jazz Gallery: Images of Boston’s Original Home of Jazz. There will be copies of The Boston Jazz Chronicles for sale. Visit the library site for more information.