Who knew?

... Irving Smolens was a jazz afficienado

by Kay McCarte

The late Irving Smolens was a member of the SilverStrings for a few years. He
wrote and talked about World War II. So it was very interesting to me to read
an article in the June 23rd issue of the Melrose Free Press by his friend,
Arnold Koch, about his love for Jazz.

Each year Temple Beth Shalom holds a Saturday evening concert (this year it
was on June 24th,)"Keeping Jazz Alive" and dedicated this year's concert to
the late Irving Smolens, who, in its 15 year history never missed a concert.

The article recounted some of the great memories that Arnold and Irving shared
about the jazz scene and jazz clubs around Boston, and how it all changed with
the advent of television. He remembers the Hi Hat at Massachusetts and
Columbus Avenue, The Savoy, Storyville, Wally's, Estelle's and Paul's Mall,
with a special mention of Lennie's on the Turnpike on Route 1 in Peabody.

Most Melrose Mirror readers are familiar with Steve Johnson's article on
Lennie's on the Turnpike, which appeared in the October 2003 issue. In our
over 20 years of publishing Steve's article got the most response from our
readers and is re-published in this issue.

Although I never did get to Lennie's, my friends and I did go to a few
places after work in Boston but my most memorable one was going to
Preservation Hallin New Orleans and seeing and swinging with Sweet Emma and her Boys.

Thank you Mr. Koch for "Keeping jazz and its memories alive."

August 5, 2016

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