Welcome to the Home of The Boston Jazz Chronicles
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.
People are reading The Boston Jazz Chronicles, so check out the reviews and testimonials from Arts Fuse, Library Journal, Nat Hentoff, Carol Sloane, George Wein, Eric Jackson, and more!
News from Troy Street
I was recently notified that 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 grateful 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.
Bob Porter reviewed The Boston Jazz Chronicles in the December 2012 IAJRC Journal, the quarterly magazine of the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors, and he called it “Highly recommended.” Read his full review here. (The book cover was left off the review in December, and the IAJRC Journal graciously reprinted the review, with cover, in March 2013.)
No upcoming events right now, so I’m keeping busy with On Troy Street, my Boston jazz history blog. Just finished festivals and other outdoor events. Have a look if you’re not a regular reader.