Boston is home to some of the oldest musical institutions in America. Boston is a melting pot of culture and art - for that reason, it's no surprise that its home to amazing jazz clubs both in and nearby the city limits.
When it comes to big names in jazz; Scullers Jazz Club on Soldiers Field Rd, Boston has a who's who of jazz artists who have performed there. With prices usually hovering around $40 and drinks at reasonable prices, its the perfect date night for music lovers alike. The club is an intimate setting that puts you just outside the jazz master's personal bubble and overlooks a backdrop of the Charles River.
Wally's Jazz Club is exactly what comes to mind when you think of when it comes to jazz. Hosting artists big and small, the club hosts a huge variety of the Boston Jazz Scene nightly. With that variety and the plentiful amount of fine jazz artists in Boston and New York, there's no telling who will show up to jam at Wally's. It's jazz in its truest form.
Over the river into Inman Square, accessible via the MBTA's #69 bus, is Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge. The jazz club hosts a variety of different styles of jazz and other genres. The down stairs is a bar with a stage where anywhere from students to professional musicians take the stage with their bands. Collecting a cover at the door usually of about $10, Ryles offers great food and entertainment at a reasonable price. Because its in Cambridge, parking can be sparse but there are pay lots nearby and meter parking within sight of the club.
Right down the street from Ryles is the Lilly Pad, an art space that has become known for new music. The Lilly Pad is a regular spot for student musicians playing jazz and experimental modern music. On any given night, there are professionals also taking it to the streets with their side projects. While the Lilly Pad hosts many other activities and the cover is typically donation based. While its a big question mark as to who or what you'll hear, its the type of place where you could share an evening with one of jazz's next great artist informally.