386 Washington Street, Brookline Massachusetts
Each week, great local jazz groups will play an opening set before the Saturday Jazz Titans hold forth. The $10 cover charge includes both events.
SATURDAY, JULY 24TH: STOLI
This mainstream jazz ensemble has roots at the John Payne Music Center, and they achieve a sound that only comes from years of playing together.
Jazz and Film Noir make a potent combination, even more so when the music is improvised in real time. This idea is the driving force behind Friday Jazz Noir, hosted by Dig, featuring Phil Grenadier, trumpet, John Purcell, alto saxophone, John Mulroy, piano, Greg Loughman, bass, and Greg Conroy, drums.
Exactly which Film Noir Dig will be performing is a closely-guarded secret. Audience members can win a free drink by correctly identifying the film before the showing, based on clues given at intermission. NOTE: all films have been edited down to tell a purely visual story without dialog, thus allowing Dig to improvise throughout. Viewers must use their own imaginations to fill in the blanks. Average Film Noir running time is 35 minutes.
Let's recap! You get to listen to great jazz and watch a classic film, all for a mere $10 cover charge that includes pizza, plus the CASH bar features Veterans Post Prices. What's more, we also have your safety in mind: fresh air and distanced tables are in abundant supply. That's what makes UPstairs@POSTunderground the SAFEST, HIPPEST, CHEAPEST JAZZ VENUE ON EARTH!
THE JAZZ TURNPIKE IS THE AREA'S ONLY JAM SESSION EXCLUSIVELY FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE JAZZ PLAYERS!
Every Sunday, the Jazz Pike House Band (John Purcell, alto saxophone, Juliet Eastland, piano, MARK PUCCI, BASS, and Kai Kitchens, drums) performs selections from the Great American Songbook (Gershwin, Porter, Kern, etc.) at the same time featuring excellent high school and college jazz players from Brookline and beyond!
What's more, this event is designed with the local SENIOR COMMUNITY in mind, since this is the music they grew up with. Unlike its original location in the basement, UPstairs@POSTunderground resides at street level, so there are no stairs to contend with. We also have safety in mind: we offer an abundant supply of fresh air, all tables are distanced, and all musicians and staff are fully vaccinated and masked as needed.
In short, the Sunday Jazz Turnpike brings together great young jazz musicians and great older jazz listeners via the Great American Songbook, all at no charge! Try it this Sunday and every Sunday through Labor Day!
The POSTunderground derives its name from its location: the magical basement space at the Brookline Veterans Post. We will return there when it's safe to do so, but the Brookline community needs a gathering place right now, so the POSTunderground is reopening UPstairs for Summer 2021, in the exceptionally spacious first floor function hall! (Friday, June 25th through Sunday, September 5th.) Despite easing of restrictions, we continue to do our utmost to ensure that UPstairs@POSTunderground is the safest (not to mention hippest and cheapest) jazz venue on earth. FRESH AIR is our top priority; all tables are distanced; take-a-number eliminates crowding at the bar; and all musicians and staff are fully vaccinated. Oh yeah, and the music is FANTASTIC, the CASH BAR features VETERANS POST PRICES, and the $10 cover charge includes FREE FOOD, safely served!
The great live jazz, free 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.