Best Jazz Club in Boston

2013 Best Jazz Club

Wally’s Cafe

Boston

Jazz is inherently cool—but Wally’s makes it even cooler. Maybe it’s the club’s 66 years of history? The weekend jam sessions? The diverse and friendly clientele? Or maybe it’s just…Read More

2011 Best Jazz Club

Wally’s Café

Boston

With a hole-in-the-wall atmosphere, raw jazz, and bartenders who bust ass, Wally’s is an institution unto itself. A conglomerate of Berklee students, longtime barflies, and twentysomethings keep the narrow bar…Read More

2011 Best Jazz Club

Wally’s Café

Boston

With a hole-in-the-wall atmosphere, raw jazz, and bartenders who bust ass, Wally’s is an institution unto itself. A conglomerate of Berklee students, longtime barflies, and twentysomethings keep the narrow bar…Read More

2010 Best Jazz Club

Regattabar

Cambridge

The tasteful Regattabar may not have the indie cred of the crowded, noisy neighborhood jazz joints around town; it’s in the Charles Hotel, after all. But there’s no beating the…Read More

2009 Best Jazz Club

Regattabar

Cambridge

With all that energy and spontaneity rippling off the stage, hearing jazz live is always best. Less clear-cut is the choice between the atmospheric, loosey-goosey neighborhood haunt or the more…Read More

2008 Best Jazz Club

Wally’s Café

Boston

Jazz is a music born of small spaces, of packed New Orleans clubs and speakeasies. Around here, no destination captures that better than Wally’s. The 61-year-old sliver of a South…Read More

2007 Best Jazz Club

Regattabar

Cambridge

A knack for luring the top names in the biz has elevated the Regattabar to its rank among the very best in the East. Far from the popular conception of…Read More

2006 Best Jazz Club

Regattabar

Cambridge

What this third-floor space lacks in atmospher—it’s more cruise-ship quarterdeck than smoky back-alley haunt—is more than overcome by the quality of its acoustics and the pedigrees of its bookings. The…Read More

2005 Best Jazz Club

Scullers Jazz Club

Boston

With its elegant low-lit atmosphere and glittering river views, Scullers is the cool king of local jazz haunts. Intimate without being overcrowded, it sports a heady roster of legends and…Read More

1998 Best Jazz Club

Regattabar

Cambridge

Some may complain that it’s a bit pricey, but it still delivers the highest-caliber jazz acts in town. From Sonny Rollins to Herbie Hancock, Don Byron to Tito Puente, you…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 born in dumps like this…Read More

1991 Best Jazz Club

The Regattabar, the Charles Hotel

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 no strangers. July renovations—including additional…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 must be doing something right…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 someone work on the sound?

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