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How Storyville Became a Jazz Legend

In 1950, local jazz pianist George Wein opened Storyville in Boston. He later started the Storyville label, where he recorded Lee Konitz and Billie Holiday among others at the club. Teddy Reig recorded Stan Getz there for his Roost label. The rest of the club’s legacy was preserved by radio broadcasts that eventually came out on LP or CD. David Brent Johnson devotes an episode of Night Lights to music made there. Of course, the creation of the Newport Jazz Festival eventually pulled Wein’s attention way from running the club.

-Michael Cuscuna

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