The University of Massachusetts Amherst

In Pictures

Composed: Documenting the History of Boston Jazz

The image above shows a detail of a neon sign from the photo collection of Bernie Moss, a jazz fan and amateur photographer whose color photos depict the depth and diversity of jazz in Boston. This collection, along with the records of the Boston Jazz Society–including posters, correspondence, photographs, recordings, videos and publications–have been donated to the UMass Amherst Libraries by a founding member and longtime president, Aureldon Edward Henderson. With ties to artists of international renown as well as important musicians with roots in the Boston area, the Boston Jazz Society Collection provides a critical resource for understanding the history of jazz and the richness of the music and its community of enthusiasts and supporters. Learn more.

Image credit: Bernie Moss