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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, Michael Steinman and more.

News from Richard Vacca and Troy Street

Big changes are coming to this site in the coming weeks—a complete relaunch of site and blog. Stay tuned!

Memorabilia sales continue: I am selling some of the mountain of jazz memorabilia that I’ve accumulated over the last decade on EBay. I am also selling music memorabilia items on commission. I’m selling jazz magazines from the 1950s to the 1970s, photos, concert programs, nightclub flyers and handbills, posters, CDs, and whatever else emerges from the attic. You never know what you’ll find. To view what’s on offer today, visit my seller ID, rpv651.

Interested in a Boston Jazz Chronicles slide presentation for your group meeting or event? How about a walking tour through one of Boston’s entertainment districts where jazz had a prominent place? Email for more information.