About The Boston Jazz Chronicles
The Boston Jazz Chronicles: Faces, Places, and Nightlife 1937–1962 is the first book to document the Boston scene at mid-century. It describes the formative big-band and wartime years that produced talents such as Ray Perry and Sabby Lewis, and follows the scene’s dramatic postwar growth, when Boston became a destination for young veterans and big band musicians seeking new direction. Turn to The Boston Jazz Chronicles for more on:
- Sabby Lewis, Frankie Newton, and the growth of the Boston scene in the World War II years
- Lawrence Berk and the founding of the Berklee College of Music
- The early careers of such luminaries as Jaki Byard, Nat Pierce, Charlie Mariano, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Joe Gordon, and Sam Rivers
- George Wein, Storyville, and the birth of the Newport Jazz Festival
- The pinnacle of postwar Boston jazz embodied in Herb Pomeroy’s Orchestra at the Stable
- Influential writers and broadcasters: George Frazier, Symphony Sid Torin, Nat Hentoff, Father Norman O’Connor, and John McLellan
The book’s front cover shows a view of Huntington Avenue in Boston, looking toward Copley Square and Trinity Church from the northeast corner of the intersection of Huntington and Exeter Street. The image shows the canopy over the door of Storyville, the most important of the Boston jazz clubs in the 1950s. The photo is by Nishan Bichajian, copyrighted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and used with permission.
The Boston Jazz Chronicles is also a story of places now lost to time. The jazz haunts are gone, replaced by offices, apartments, and parking lots. But through these years there was music, at the Savoy Café, the Hi-Hat, the Stable, and other rooms both rowdy and refined.
The Boston Jazz Chronicles (ISBN 978-0-9839910-0-7, 352 pages, $19.95) includes dozens of images and period maps, extensive notes, a bibliography, a discography, and a comprehensive index. It is distributed to bookstores and libraries through the Ingram Book Company, and available to readers online and through independent booksellers.
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