A Brief History of Jazz in Boston, Past and Present 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

The jazz scene in Boston—which includes free jazz, the avant-garde, and various hybrid styles—has experienced something of a resurgence in recent years, but its roots date back to the mid ‘50s.

“Cecil Taylor was a student at the New England Conservatory and Makanda Ken McIntyre, another guy on the scene, was studying at the Boston Conservatory,” Mark Harvey, a local jazz historian and senior lecturer at MIT, says. Harvey is the author of an 80-page companion booklet to the compilation The Boston Creative Jazz Scene, which collects crucial entries into the city’s ‘70s-era alternative jazz movement. “The two of them were really the forerunners of everything that came after. Taylor’s first recordings were made here in Boston with a Harvard graduate named Tom Wilson.” Wilson released Taylor’s debut, Jazz Advance, on his Boston-based label, Transition Records, in 1957 (he would later produce Bob Dylan’s first records, as well as LPs for Simon & Garfunkel, The Mothers of Invention, The Animals, and many more).