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Wally's Cafe Jazz Student to Student Music Project

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A note from Wally’s,

We hope everyone is safe and healthy. The Walcott/Poindexter family appreciates those who have reached out to find ways to support Wally’s during the coronavirus pandemic. We have received numerous questions about how the business can be supported, so we created a GoFundMe page. 

About us: 

Wally's Café Jazz Club was established on January 1, 1947, in Boston, Massachusetts, becoming the first black-owned jazz club in New England. The nightclub is located at the famed intersection of Massachusetts and Columbus Avenues in the South End. Wally's Café, formally known as “Wally’s Paradise” played a major role in introducing jazz to the New England community upon its establishment. 

Our doors have been closed for almost three months; the longest time in our 73 year history. We are one of ten black-owned liquor license holders in Boston and we pride ourselves in being open 365 days a year. We hope to open as soon as it is safe to do so; we are prioritizing everyone’s health and safety during these tough times. 

Our mission:

We are seeking financial support to financially recover from the coronavirus pandemic and to develop a new initiative called “The Student to Student Music Café” and a production facility. As some of you may know, it has been our hope to expand Wally’s Cafe into the building next door. The production facility will allow musicians to network and practice their craft, while simultaneously providing them with the tools to digitally stream their performances. Our goal is to have the production facility function as space for musicians to create podcasts, provide music lessons, and to collaborate with each other. We live in a digital world and we want to continue to connect with our international customer base.  

Final thoughts:

We hope to continue our tradition of providing live music and a place for musicians and music lovers to share a space for years to come. 

With love,

Wally’s Cafe Jazz Club


  • aiden FitzGerald
    • $100 
    • 2 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $20 
    • 3 yrs
  • Mabel Macmillan
    • $400 
    • 3 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $5 
    • 3 yrs
  • Bob Toabe
    • $20 
    • 3 yrs


Jordan Poindexter
Boston, MA

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