The Troy Street Observer

Boston Jazz Venues Come and Gone

On April 6, Steve Provizer posted a long list of Boston jazz venues, past and present, on his Brilliant Corners blog. These were jazz places remembered by Steve and his Facebook readers. He started compiling the list when Ryles Jazz Club announced it was closing—follow the link to see what he’s got.

Jazz Workshop schedule, spring 1966
Jazz Workshop, Spring 1966

His list got me interested in the topic of Boston jazz venues come and gone, so I dived into my database to see if I could add anything to the list. Did I ever! Between us we have about 200 entries.

These are mainly Boston jazz venues, or suburban spots inside Route 495, in operation from 1972 onward, but there are a few from the 1960s. Individual schools and churches are not included, even though they were critical to the success of Summerthing and Jazz Celebrations in Boston, Highland Jazz in Newton, Marblehead Summer Jazz, and others. And there were rock rooms like the Channel and the Paradise that had jazz on occasion, but not often enough to make the list.

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