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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.

This is an audience participation blog, so if you can think of places that both Steve and I missed, leave a comment or send an email. And do visit Steve over at Brilliant Corners. Interesting stuff, and a curated blog roll, too.

Steve and I will continue to compile the Grand Unified Boston Jazz Venue List™.

Boston Jazz Venues

Downtown Crossing/State St/Quincy Mkt

Bay Tower Room
Cafe Fleuri, Meridien Hotel
Chez Freddie
City Hall Plaza
Concerts on the Common
Cricket’s
Gallagher’s
Lily’s
Michael’s Waterfront
Sir Harry’s

Theatre District

1-2-3 Lounge
Bradford Hotel Grand Ballroom
Caribe Lounge
Four Corners
Stuart Manor
The Vagabond
Tic Toc (there was one in the ’40s, the ’50s, and the ’60s)
Varty’s Jazz Room

Park Square

Number 3 Lounge
Playboy Club
Saxony
The Other Side

Back Bay

Copley Plaza Oak Room
Danny’s
Darbury Room, became The Point After
Hatch Shell
Hotel Eliot Lounge
ICA Theatre
Jason’s
Lenox Hotel
My Apartment Lounge
Office Lounge
The Stable
Turner Fisheries

Huntington Ave

Club Symphony
Gardner Museum
Museum of Fine Arts
Zachary’s at the Collonade

Roxbury/South End

Desert Lounge
Handy’s Grill
Juice and Jazz
Piano Factory
Pioneer Club
Rainbow Lounge
Savoy on the Hill
The Station
Tinker’s
Wally’s

Dorchester

Playhouse in the Park (Franklin Park)
Strand Theatre

Kenmore Square

Kix
Cafe Yana

East Boston

Airport Hilton
P.J.’s Lounge

Greater Boston Jazz Venues

Brookline

Kismet Lounge
Papillon
Walters

Cambridge/Somerville

Atrium Lounge
Cantares
Charlie’s Tap
Jumbo’s
Lai-Lai
Spinnaker Lounge (Hyatt)
Springfields
Turtle Cafe

West of Boston

Acton Jazz Cafe
Bonfire, Westborough
Colonial Inn, Concord
Cottage Crest, Waltham
Decordova Museum, Lincoln
Ephriam’s, Sudbury
Finally Michael’s, Framingham
Matrix, Natick
Piety Corner Gardens, Waltham
Sticky Wicket, Hopkinton

North of Boston

Buddy’s, Revere
Cafe Beaujolais, Gloucester
Castle Hill, Ipswich
Club Caravan, Revere
Ebb Tide, Revere Beach
Lakeside, Topsfield
Oceanside Jazz and Big Band Festival, Winthrop
Romie’s, Danvers
Stouffer’s Bedford Glen Hotel, Bedford
The Surf, Revere Beach
Town Line, Malden
Wagon Wheels, West Peabody

South of Boston

Boston Jazz Society’s Jazz BBQ
Joseph’s, Braintree
Great Woods Performance Center

Water Music’s Jazz Boat

Last but not least… Need to hear some tunes? You could always call the Jazzline at 262-1300.

Steve’s List from Brilliant Corners

Starlight Roof matchbox1369 Club
Accurate Records Loft
Ahmed’s
Arbor House
Ark of the Covenant
Back Bay Hilton,
Backstreet
Beantown Jazz Festival
Bebop
Beehive
Bella Luna
Berklee
Betty’s Rolls Royce
Boston Arts Festival
Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
Boston Globe Jazz Festival
Boston Public Library
Brothers in Brookline
CasaBlanca
CCP Studios
Charles St. Playhouse
Choppin’ Block
Club 47
Club Zircon
Connolly’s
Copley Plaza Bar
Costello’s
Cronins
Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen
Debbie’s
Doyle’s
Elbow Room
Ellis Room
Essex Hotel bar
Estelle’s
Fairmount Grille
Friends of Great Black Music loft
Gallery East
Goodlife
Greene St Grill (Cambridge,) Green St,( JP)
Hasty Pudding
Hi Lo Lounge
Hotel Avery
Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Inn Square Men’s Bar.
Izzy Ort’s
Jazz Workshop/Pall’s Mall
Joes
Johnny D’s
Jonathan Swift’s
Lennie’s on the Turnpike
Les Zygomates
Lilypad
Lizard Lounge
lue Parrot
Lulu White’s
Magnolia Loft.
Merry Go Round at the Copley Plaza
Michael’s
Middle East Corner
Midway
Modern Theater
Most of the strip clubs had Hammond Trios
NEC
Nightstage
OCBC
Outpost 186
Oxford Ale house
Paine Hall
Paris 25
Parker House
Performance Center in the Garage
Playground Series at the loft on Harrison Ave
Playland
Plough and Stars
Pooh’s Pub
Ramsey/Toy VFW Post, Dorchester
Real Deal jazz club at the Cambridge Multicultural Center
Regattabar
Rise Club
Ryles
Sandy’s
Satch’s
Savoy
Scotch and Sirloin
Sculler’s
Slades
Space
Speakeasy
Starlite Roof
Stone Soup
Storyville
Streetfood
Studio Red Top
Sunflower Cafe
the (old)Winery
Thelonious Monkfish
Third Life Studio
Top of the Hub
various churches and libraries.
Village Smokehouse in Brookline
Vouros Bakery
Wally’s
WBUR
Western Front
WGBH
Willow
Wurst Haus
Your Father’s Moustache
Zeitgeist Gallery

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  1. I do not see a jazz club listed for Marblehead, but I wrote a poem about one some years ago, a celebration of the fact that Jack Teagarden was playing at a club along one of the main roads, circa 1950 something, most likely earlier than late 1950s.

    MARBLEHEAD

    All I had to say was let me out,
    Sunday afternoon in a speeding car
    along the shore, the road at Marblehead.

    And what were we doing in Marblehead ?
    Looking for girls our age willing to do things
    with us they wouldn’t do with the boys in Marblehead

    or Salem or Gloucester just as we had cruised
    all of Winthrop Nahant Malden and Medford and
    were on the hunt for The North Shore wild ones maybe

    impressed by a black ’48 Plymouth sedan no junk box
    made in the same decade that gave us that summer afternoon
    Toe Gallagher’s family car. I didn’t speak up when the banner over

    the porch of the inn called out NOW — JACK TEAGARDEN
    but now I’d cherish just the banner and I see myself silent and raise
    my voice now decades and decades late but syncopation means always

    being a bit late and now I’m ready so let me out
    and please please please let me hear Teagarden live.

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