• A story of 1974

  • The life of the legendary saxophonist is discussed

  • I read the liner notes, listening to Evans in a way I had not listened to anything in some time,

  • This humorous edition features a “disturbing” and fascinating trend in 1950′s album art — Records on the Floor!

     

     

  • Joe Sample, the S.L.A., and a budding writer’s altered career path
  • Cannonball Adderley biographer is interviewed
  • "Broad Street" -- a short story by Arya Jenkins
  • Cover Stories with Paul Morris, Vol. 8
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Buying up all the world’s vinyl records

There is a wonderful story in the New York Times about Zero Freitas, a Brazilian businessman who, the headline reads, is “buying up all the world’s vinyl records.” It is a great testament to his love of an impressionable childhood memory, a cherished bygone era, and a personal obsession gone just slightly over the edge.

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Paul Mawhinney, a former music-store owner in Pittsburgh, spent more than 40 years amassing a collection of some three million LPs and 45s, many of them bargain-bin rejects that had been thoroughly forgotten. The world’s indifference, he believed, made even the most neglected records precious: music that hadn’t been transferred to digital files would vanish forever unless someone bought his collection and preserved it.

Mawhinney spent about two decades trying to find someone who agreed. He struck a deal for $28.5 million in the late 1990s with the Internet retailer CDNow, he says, but the sale of his collection […] Continue reading »

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“Broad Street” — a short story by Arya Jenkins

The publication of Arya Jenkins’ “Broad Street” is the fourth in a series of short stories she has been commissioned to write for Jerry Jazz Musician. For information about her column, please see our September 12 “Letter From the Publisher.”

For Ms. Jenkins’ introduction to her work, read “Coming to Jazz.”

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The day I moved into Broad Street, the roiling waters of the Long Island Sound burst over sea walls along the Connecticut coast from New Haven to Greenwich, flooding Bridgeport so badly, a poor, emotionally disturbed man actually drowned in a sewer. At Seaside Park, water rushed across two parking lots, swirled around a few skimpy trees and headed straight for the historic set of row houses that included my basement apartment. It was early December as I arrived, two knapsacks in tow, only to find my new landlady Rosie and my neighbor Alice knee-deep in galoshes in muck, hauling out my furniture.

A week earlier, Alice had lured me with, “There’s a vacancy next door and it’s yours. Everybody’s an artist here. You belong.” I had felt that the studio with its cozy rooms […] Continue reading »

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Monday Jazz Quiz #48

Known as “Mr. Entertainment,” this clarinetist’s band was second only to Paul Whiteman’s (pictured) in popularity during the 1920s. Who is he?

Fred Waring

Noble Sissle

Rudy Vallee

Ben Pollack

Phil Harris

Ted Lewis

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