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Boppin’ In Beantown

A look at the late-1940s and early-1950s Boston jazz scene.

MarianoThis week on Night Lights it’s jazz from the late-1940s/early-1950s Boston scene, featuring alto saxophonist Charlie Mariano, pianist and arranger Nat Pierce, and baritone saxophonist Serge Chaloff. The Boston scene was a thriving one, enhanced in part by the presence of the Boston Conservatory of Music, which stood out for its acceptance of black musicians (Sam Rivers and Gigi Gryce were among the artists who studied there). We’ll hear selections from Charlie Mariano and the Boston All-Stars, Nat Pierce’s Boston Bustout, and Serge Chaloff’s Boston 1950, in addition to some sides from Chaloff’s collected works on the Mosaic label.

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