Inductee Spotlight: Sabby Lewis
The ebullient pianist Sabby Lewis led a hard-swinging octet in the 1940s that was the toast of New England. Count Basie heard it, and he told Lewis: “Rock ‘em, Pops!”

Unsung Heroes of New England

With the “Unsung Hero” award, the New England Jazz Hall of Fame recognizes a group of jazz advocates from around the region for their efforts in promoting and preserving the music. Some of these individuals were musicians and others were not, but all shared a passion for jazz worthy of widespread recognition. Five such activists have been named Unsung Heroes thus far.