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Boston Awakens To Its Jazz Roots

JazzBoston exposes new listeners to the city’s vibrant music

I have often reported here on jazz societies that preserve the history of jazz in their city while nurturing the music in its current state. But for me there’s always been a gaping hole: no such celebratory organization in Boston, where I was deeply involved in the jazz scene throughout the 1940s and early ’50s, until I moved to New York in 1953.

With a weekly radio show on WMEX and remote broadcasts from jazz clubs, I got to know many now-iconic visitors such as Duke Ellington and Sidney Bechet. They taught me so much, not only about jazz but also about how to keep on digging into my inner needs and self-surprises through this music.

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