Boston’s Jazz Community Assembles at Wally’s Café for First-Ever Video Portrait
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.
HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTOS ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST PHOTO CREDIT: Roger Tully, Tully Productions
The full group gathered at Wally’s Café, listed alphabetically:
Allan Chase with sons Julian and Stephen
Rev. Michael Haynes
Curtis Henderson Jr.
Joe & Yuka Hunt
Tim & Caroline Ingles
Grace Kelly & family
Lloyd & Kaicee King
Antonio & Aidan Shiell-Loomis
Bill Lowe & Mary Cox
Eric Preusser with daughter Erica
Emmett Price III with son Nicholas
Dayla Arabella Santurri
Pamela & Marc Seigle
Hank & Jane Solomon
Brenda Parks Taylor