386 Washington Street (Downstairs) Brookline Massachusetts
The POSTunderground is a magical live music venue. This angular, low-ceilinged room, larger than it seems, was never designed with acoustics in mind. Nevertheless, jazz simply sounds great, with no amplification required. The volume level hits that elusive sweet spot: people can talk without raising their voices, but conversation doesn't disturb the miraculous house band or nearby listeners. So this spacious yet intimate room is perfect for meeting up with friends to hang out, chow down, and dig live jazz, free of charge.
Everyone talks about the American Songbook (Gershwin, Porter, etc.) but where can you go to actually hear it? (Rhetorical question.) Using it as a point of departure, the POSTunderground House Band (featuring Phil Grenadier, trumpet, and Matt Marcus, piano) ventures into the unknown every Friday night, seeing new pathways through old masterpieces. Weekly Featured Artists join the expedition. On Friday nights, the POSTunderground offers a full cash bar at veterans' post prices. Outside jazz groups from the greater Brookline community play SET ONE on Fridays from 7:30 to 8:30 PM.
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There are excellent young improvisers throughout the Boston area, connected within their own schools and towns but not necessarily with the wider community. The Jazz Turnpike, a weekly jam session exclusively for high school and middle school jazz players, provides a gathering place where players can meet, perform, and establish new connections. Parents of young improvisers can connect, as well. The Jazz Pike House Band features two phenomenal bass players, Matt Stavrakas and Greg Loughman, who alternate weekly. Juliet Eastland, piano, and Simone Cooke, drums, round out this deeply swinging rhythm section. A different outstanding young jazz player hosts the jam session each week.
The great live jazz, free admission & food, and reasonable drink prices are just the means to an end. The ultimate goal is to enrich the Brookline community by providing a gathering place open to one and all, money or no money.