Thursday, March 11, 2010

Bongo in Squaresville . 4

Bongo in Squaresville is a weekly webcast radio show devoted to the jazz music, of every style and genre, that's gone down here in Boston through the last 10 or so decades. Join us at Radio Roofscape every Wednesday night, the music starts at 9:00 and there's never a cover or drink minimum.

Check out Roofscape Journal too. Each week we'll be looking at a different aspect of the Boston jazz scene down through the years to today - digging the music, meeting the musicians, hanging out with the fans, making recording sessions and visiting the clubs. To start off, we're going to look at the scene in the 40's and 50's when Boston was one of the great jazz mecccas.

Here's the playlist for Wednesday, March 3, 2010, then Tal Farr takes us to the Hi-Hat Club, pictured above.

Chick Corea & Gary Burton - Monk's Dream
Ruby Braff & Dick Hyman - When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Jaki Byard - Round Midnight
Terri Lyne Carrington - It's You or No One
Ralph Burns - Introspection
Harry Carney - Baritone solo, 1964
Charles Mariano - Celia
Serge Chaloff Sextet - What's New

The Hi-Hat

Standing at the crossroads of Massachusetts and Columbus Avenues in the 40's and 50's, jazz joints stretched away into the distance in every direction. One of the swankiest was the Hi-Hat Club on the southeast corner of the intersection where the Harriet Tubman House, a community center, now stands. The image above is a detail from the mural adorning the building which celebrates the legacy of this famed club.

... Continues next week.

Image ... Mural at the site of the old Hi-Hat CLub. Harriet Tubman House, Boston.

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