Loudly proclaiming its own fame, Sculler’s Jazz Club in Boston generally lives up to the self-hype, featuring world-class acts, such as Tony Bennett, Lou Rawls, George Shearing, Marian McPartland, and Wynton Marsalis, as well a variety of emerging acts. Claiming to have helped launch the U.S. careers of artists like Diana Krall, Jamie Cullum, and Michael Bublé, Sculler’s has established itself as one of Boston’s foremost jazz venues since opening in 1989. Common complaints include the steep prices and the occasional nose-in-the-air patron, but you absolutely get what you pay for at this club. Recent acts that have passed through include New York Voices, the Brubeck Brothers, Roy Hargrove, and Chuck Mangione.
If you’re planning on staying at the hotel, inquire about the Dinner, Show, and Stay packages, which may help alleviate the high dinner prices on top of admission (the Dinner/Show package can run anywhere from $60 to $90 and tickets alone are $20–$40 each). Sculler’s also offers a Dance Party series featuring live salsa and merengue and organizes annual package vacations to popular jazz destinations around the world (past locations have included jazz festivals in Panama, Montreal, and a jazz cruise in Scandanavia).
Sculler’s Jazz Club Information
- Public Transportation: Poor
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 800 performances are presented per year. Show schedule is Tuesday–Saturday. Sets are usually at 8 and 10 p.m.
- Ticket Prices: $20–$40. Occasional half-price tickets are available on Goldstar.com. Dinner, Show-and-Stay or Dinner-and-Show packages are also offered at various levels and prices.