Best of Boston

Best Jazz Club, Cutting Edge

1997 Best Jazz Club, Scene

Wally’s Cafe

Boston
With the shutdown of the Willow and the yuppification of Bob the Chef’s, Wally’s proposed expansion into the space next to its current Massachuetts Avenue […] read more»
1997 Best Jazz Club, Traditional

The Regattabar

Cambridge
The only place in town to catch big-name out-of-town acts like Sonny Rollins, Cassandra Wilson, and Tito Puente. A front-row table here for Betty Carter […] read more»
1994 Best Jazz Club, Back-to-the-Roots

Wally’s Cafe

Boston
Sarah Vaughan, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie have all played this small, dark, and smoky landmark. It’s no wonder the owners have had to defend […] read more»
1992 Best Jazz Club

Willow Jazz Club

Somerville
Known to jazz addicts simply as the Willow, this club is inelegant, tiny, and out-of-the-way, yet accessible to big- and small-name musicians alike. jazz was […] read more»
1991 Best Jazz Club

The Regattabar, the Charles Hotel

Cambridge
The Regattabar is the place to go to hear big-name jazz artists. Sonny Rollins played there in May, and Herbie Hancock and Dizzy Gillespie are […] read more»
1990 Best Jazz Club

The Regattabar

Cambridge
Yes, it’s noisy. Yes, it’s expensive. Yes, the taste is mainstream. No matter. Any club that can survive five years on Boston’s anemic jazz scene […] read more»
1990 Best Jazz Club, New

Tie between Lai Lai Restaurant and Middle East Restaurant

Cambridge
Because they’re the only new jazz clubs in the area this year, and when it comes to presenting jazz, we give A’s for effort. read more»
1989 Best Jazz Club

Regattabar

Cambridge
The competition around town isn’t tough, but the Regattabar picks up where old Jazz Workshop left off: top players in an intimate setting. But will […] read more»
1987 Best Jazz Club, Last Gasp

1369 Jazz Club

Cambridge
At the start of 1988, this 80-year-old jazz club will be singing the blues when the landlady takes its lease away. read more»