Top Five Places to Find Jazz in Boston

Allie Stote

Troy D. Schilperoort '12-‘13 (left) and Benjamin L. Sobel ‘15 (right) perform Curtis Fuller’s arrangement of Art Blakey’s“Three Blind Mice,” on the trumpet and saxophone respectively.

Last week, Harvard welcomed Boston jazz heroes Eric Jackson, Steve Schwartz, and Fred Taylor for a panel and a concert. The three have been promoting jazz on the air and around town for decades and still remain vital to Boston's jazz scene. The Arts board asked them to come up with the best places in town to find jazz, either in clubs, on the radio, or in record stores. Here's what they gave us:

Scullers Jazz Club

Housed in a Doubletree hotel just across the Charles, Scullers, where Fred Taylor serves as entertainment director, welcomes both huge international acts and local phenoms. And they have weeknight student tickets for only ten dollars—a steal for a jazz show.


This fabled jazz club has its home in the chic Charles Hotel just off Eliot Street. National acts come through on a weekly basis.

The Lily Pad

An intimate room at Inman Square, the Lily Pad is great for those on a budget who like underground, sometimes esoteric jazz and music of other genres (i.e. hipsters).

Wally's Cafe

Wally's is located right by Berklee College of Music on Mass. Ave. in Boston and hosts weekly jam sessions with free admission. It's a great place to check out some of the younger players on the scene.

WGBH 89.7/WHRB 95.3 FM

Sadly, WGBH recently cut the majority of its jazz programming. But you can still listen to Eric Jackson's jazz show, "Eric in the Evening," every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night. For the rest of the week, jazzheads can tune in to Harvard's own WHRB, which has morning jazz every weekday from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.