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Old 06-24-2017, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Quincy, Mass. (near Boston)
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I realize Wally's Cafe (or is it Wally's Jazz Cafe?) has been around for decades on Massachusetts Avenue near Columbus Avenue.

I recall seeing a quote by USA Today 15+ years back about its bring one of the top ten places in America to see and hear live jazz.

Is this still the case? I realize it's not always jazz oriented...msybe blues, funk or other styles on certain nights?

Years ago, most or all sessions were free. Is that still true?

Still lots of Berklee College of Music acts appearing from time to time?

They updated the outdoor sign in recent years, and it's ironically now easy to miss, versus the lighted sign with a beer logo. Remember that?

I'll have to show some out of towners some Boston excitement this summer, so I thought this would be a good taste of Boston
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Old 06-24-2017, 07:48 AM
 
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I haven't been there in nearly 25 years. Was great back then as it was free with Berklee students just jamming.
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Old 06-25-2017, 06:33 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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I realize Wally's Cafe (or is it Wally's Jazz Cafe?) has been around for decades on Massachusetts Avenue near Columbus Avenue.

I recall seeing a quote by USA Today 15+ years back about its bring one of the top ten places in America to see and hear live jazz.

Is this still the case? I realize it's not always jazz oriented...msybe blues, funk or other styles on certain nights?

Years ago, most or all sessions were free. Is that still true?

Still lots of Berklee College of Music acts appearing from time to time?

They updated the outdoor sign in recent years, and it's ironically now easy to miss, versus the lighted sign with a beer logo. Remember that?

I'll have to show some out of towners some Boston excitement this summer, so I thought this would be a good taste of Boston
If your visitor likes Jazz then it's a must visit. They still book extremely talented acts nightly and the vibe is still great. Wally's is still (most recently visited a year ago) one of the finest places to listen to Jazz in the country.
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Old 06-27-2017, 11:39 AM
 
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Also there's no cover charge! You won't see big-name acts every night like you will at Scullers, but the music is consistently great, especially after 9 PM. Before 9 there are a lot of Berklee students.

Also, on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 PM to 1 AM, trumpeter Jason Palmer leads his band and always draws big crowds.
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Old 06-27-2017, 12:19 PM
 
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Also there's no cover charge! You won't see big-name acts every night like you will at Scullers, but the music is consistently great, especially after 9 PM. Before 9 there are a lot of Berklee students.

Also, on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 PM to 1 AM, trumpeter Jason Palmer leads his band and always draws big crowds.


Damn, dude.
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Old 09-05-2017, 04:06 PM
 
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Nah, didn't mean it like that! I see a lot of student acts at the club.
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Old 09-06-2017, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I heard they have good Southern cooking and BBQ, but it is difficult to find parking around the area. There may not be as many Berklee students playing there now, as Berklee recently opened up 2 music venues/restaurants on their campus, for students and some fine out of town acts to play in. Not that that would be bad at all. Many Berklee students play much better, more experimental, than some of the so called professional acts I've recently heard (Ryles, Beehive, etc. etc.)

Very disappointed in the Beehive, as it has such a good reputation. The layout is not conducive to listening to music. The stage is off to the side almost in a separate room in a lower level where the musician can't even be seen. Time to try Wally's.

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Old 09-06-2017, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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I heard they have good Southern cooking and BBQ, but it is difficult to find parking around the area.
Wallys doesn't serve food, maybe you mean Darry'ls?
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Old 09-07-2017, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Wallys doesn't serve food, maybe you mean Darry'ls?
I stand corrected.
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