Jazz Boston Review

Published by LiveMusic365 on September 29th, 2011 - in Reviews

Boston’s Jazz Community Assembles at Wally’s Café for First-Ever Video Portrait


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Nearly 100 members of Boston’s jazz community were assembled by JazzBoston on Aug. 8, 2009, at Wally’s Café for a first-ever video portrait to introduce the nonprofit organization’s new TV series, “What‘s Your Jazz?” The photo shoot was followed by a sidewalk barbeque courtesy of Soul Fire and a jam session with the WeJazzUp band inside the club.

The video and still images taken in front of Wally’s Café, recently designated an historic site by the Boston Historical Society, captured a cross-section of people whose lives are closely connected to the music. Among the musicians assembled were Mae Arnette, Walter Beasley, Dominique Eade, Ken Field, Laszlo Gardony, Jim Hobbs, Yoron Israel, Wannetta Jackson, Grace Kelly, Charlie Kohlhase, Jason Palmer (the show’s co-host), Bill Pierce, Kurtis Rivers, Syd Smart, Al Vega, Andre Ward, Larry Watson, and Frank Wilkins (the show’s director and host).

Also present besides the musicians and their families were community leaders, educators, presenters, producers, journalists, and others who work in the art or business of jazz in Boston. Among them were the legendary community activist Mel King; Roxbury Action Program founder and director Lloyd King; Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Affairs Ron Bell; jazz writer Bob Blumenthal; long-time chronicler of Boston’s jazz scene Kay Bourne; Wally’s owner and manager, with her family, Elynor Walcott; the Reverend Michael Haynes; former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky; and JazzBoston board members Pauline Bilsky, Don Carlson, Allan Chase, Tammy Dowley-Blackman, Mark Harvey, Jason Palmer, Emmett Price III and Dayla Arabella Santurri.

“Saturday was a dream come true for JazzBoston,” said Pauline Bilsky, the organization’s Executive Director. “People came together from every part of our city’s jazz community. There were young children, octogenarians and everything in between. The energy and the love were palpable,” she continued. “Jazz is alive and well in Boston.”

JazzBoston’s “What’s Your Jazz?” TV series, a celebration of Boston’s rich jazz culture and the neighborhoods it springs from, will debut this fall on Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN). The one-hour weekly show will expose Boston-based artists representing different styles, ages, and ethnic groups, and highlight the connection between jazz and community. Live performances and interviews will be punctuated by regularly recurring segments such as “A Boston Jazz History Minute” and “Nuts and Bolts — Things You Thought Everyone But You Knew About Jazz.”

JazzBoston is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building and serving audiences for jazz music, fostering and expanding opportunities for jazz musicians, and raising Boston’s profile as one of the world’s great jazz cities. For more information, visit the JazzBoston website at www.jazzboston.org.


The full group gathered at Wally’s Café, listed alphabetically:

Gil Aharon
José Alicea
Mae Arnette
John Baboian
Bill Banfield
Walter Beasley
Ron Bell
Sergio Bellotti
Bob Blumenthal
Kay Bourne
Lance Bryant
Allan Chase with sons Julian and Stephen
Arni Cheatham
Henry Cook
Jo Davis
Daniel Day
Tammy Dowley-Blackman
Greg Duncan
Dominique Eade
David Eure
Ken Field
Lee Fish
Laszlo Gardony
Bruce Gertz
Dotty Guild
Janice Haneef
Mark Harvey
Adrienne Hawkins
Rev. Michael Haynes
Curtis Henderson Jr.
Jim Hobbs
Joe & Yuka Hunt
Tim & Caroline Ingles
Yoron Israel
Wannetta Jackson
Tshombe Johnson
Grace Kelly & family
Jo Kent
Alexandria King
Lloyd & Kaicee King
Mel King
Cleopatra Knight-Wilkins
Charlie Kohlhase
Eula Lawrence
Florence Lewis
Pat Loomis
Antonio & Aidan Shiell-Loomis
Bill Lowe & Mary Cox
Maxim Lubarsky
Jay Mahler
Liam Malloy
Lance Martin
Richard Matra
David Maxwell
Cercie Miller
Ron Murphy
Judith Murray
Anthony Neal
Lenny Nelson
Bob Nieske
Tom O’Toole
Jason Palmer
Michael Peipman
Zelma Peterson
Bill Pierce
Robert Pinsky
Paul Poindexter
Eric Preusser with daughter Erica
Emmett Price III with son Nicholas
V. Raffini
Kurtis Rivers
Larry Roland
Rob Rose
Rollins Ross
Marc Rossi
Dayla Arabella Santurri
Ron Savage
Ken Schaphorst
Pamela & Marc Seigle
Nat Simpkins
William Singleton
Syd Smart
Hank & Jane Solomon
Brenda Parks Taylor
Alvin Terry
Al Vega
Elynor Walcott
Andre Ward
Larry Watson
Frank Wilkins
Patrice Williamson
Lim Yang

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