Thinking about jazz, certain cities come to mind instantly: New York City, New Orleans, and Chicago, maybe Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Los Angeles. Boston, too, deserves a spot on the list, having nurtured legendary artists, bustling clubs, thriving schools, and storied personalities.

Still, even admirers can have a hard time putting together all the pieces, which is where advocacy comes in. Nat Hentoff, the Roxbury-born éminence grise of American jazz critics, wrote in a 2011 Jazz Times column about jazz advocacy groups that “there’s always been a gaping hole: no such celebratory organization in Boston, where I was deeply involved in the jazz scene throughout the 1940s and early ’50s, until I moved to New York in 1953.” More…