The city has been bleeding live music venues lately: Ryles Jazz Club, a decades-spanning Inman Square haunt, is the latest casualty. Luckily, we still have the even-older Wally’s, founded in 1947 as reportedly the first black-owned nightclub in New England. In a fast-evolving South End, Wally’s still packs in music lovers with nightly jazz and funk jam sessions, and maintains its rep as a training ground for greats with a student-led education program.
427 Massachusetts Ave., Boston • (617) 424-1408
2016 Winner: Scullers Jazz Club
They call it “Allston Rock City.” But for 27 years jazz haven Scullers has been swinging from its Charles River-side perch inside a DoubleTree hotel, outlasting many local music venues...
- 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston
- (617) 562-4111
2017 Winner: Wally's Café
This narrow, easy-to-miss South End bar practically vibrates with a venerable history of nightly jazz performances by hallowed veteran musicians and up-and-coming talents...
- 427 Massachusetts Ave., Boston
- (617) 424-1408