Boston Jazz

Wally’s bills itself as the oldest continuously running jazz club in the United States; it has hosted shows by Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker and many, many more. In Boston’s South End, around the corner from the site of the old Savoy Cafe where Hentoff hung out as a teenager and young adult, Wally’s was packed yesterday afternoon for a performance by a jazz orchestra from a high school in upstate Batavia, New York. W.E.B. Du Bois, MLK Jr. and Malcolm Little reputedly all hung out there in their Boston years.¬†Frank Poindexter, who runs the joint with his two brothers, said he likes to support young musicians because without them the music has no future. Frank and his mother, Elynor Walcott (daughter of the founder) helped us with some research for the film a few years ago, so I stopped by to say thanks. Frank said he is excited to see the film come out and will try to make it to the screening @IFFBoston tomorrow night!


Wally's Cafe, South End


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