[JPL] The Doors on a Jazz Gift Shop Swing Closed

Sophia Peron info at jazzinn.com
Fri Jan 9 09:49:54 EST 2009


Yet another example of money-hungry corporatism & their Wal-Mart 
marketing tactics . . . OPEN THE SHOP in ANOTHER LOCATION (and/or on 
WEB) please!
Sophia & Nick Peron
Truth or Consequences, New Mexico


Jazz Promo Services wrote:
> http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/07/thedoors-on-a-jazz-gift-shop-sw
> ing-close/
>
> JANUARY 7, 2009, 11:05 AM
>
> The Doors on a Jazz Gift Shop Swing Closed
>
> By COREY KILGANNON
>
> Phil Schaap, the D.J. and historian, teaches jazz survey classes at the Jazz
> at Lincoln Center¹s adult education program known as Swing University.
>
> Just over two years ago, he rented from the center a small space in the
> lobby¹s fifth floor near the entrance to the center¹s performance spots, and
> he hired some of his more knowledgeable students to help run the shop and,
> less formally, dispense information and recommendations and directions to
> the center¹s guests.
>
> ³We basically became the information center here,² Mr. Schaap said at the
> shop on Tuesday night ‹ which, as it turns out, was its last night of
> business.
>
> The gift shop closed at midnight. Jazz at Lincoln Center officials would not
> renew Mr. Schaap¹s lease, he said.
>
> ³If they loved it, I would have done it forever, but they didn¹t, and that¹s
> O.K.,² he added.
>
> The shop was open daily through the end of the last set at Dizzy¹s Club
> Coca-Cola, in the center¹s Frederick P. Rose Hall, in the Time Warner Center
> at Columbus Circle.
>
> For decades, Mr. Schaap has been the host of ³Bird Flight,² a morning show
> of Charlie Parker¹s music on WKCR-FM (89.9), the radio station of Columbia
> University. In the past few days, he had repeatedly announced on the show
> that the shop was closing. He said there would be discounts on merchandise,
> and that he would be hanging around on Tuesday until the doors closed, to
> talk jazz with any and all comers.
>
> And on Tuesday, many people did show up for both offerings, including Walter
> Blanding, a tenor saxophone player with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
> who said, ³I heard it was closing and I just had to stop by.²
>
> ³What happened?² he said to Mr. Schaap, who taught him jazz history at the
> New School, years ago. ³I¹m sorry to hear about this.²
>
> Mr. Schaap had been hearing this kind of thing all day, as had Rose
> Rutledge, 25, the store¹s manager.
>
> At one point, a tall woman approached Ms. Rutledge and said in a thick Swiss
> accent something that sounded like, ³Ees that Feel Shop?²
>
> ³Yes, that¹s Phil,² Ms. Rutledge said. The woman, Annemarie Wiesner, a
> violinist and an avid WKCR listener, asked Mr. Schaap: ³Why are you closing?
> It¹s so sad.²
>
> ³Jazz at Lincoln Center wants to do something else, I guess,² Mr. Schaap
> replied.
>
> Gail Beltrone, Jazz at Lincoln Center¹s vice-president of Frederick P. Rose
> Hall, said that officials there were eager to see Mr. Schaap spend more time
> as a teacher and curator at the center, and that the shop¹s closing was part
> of a large-scale redesign of the open space on the fifth floor. The center
> is planning to put up exhibits, create wi-fi networks for guests, and sell
> jazz merchandise itself at other spots on the floor.
>
> At least business was booming on this last day. Some of the more popular
> selling items included ³The Story of Jazz,² by Marshall W. Stearns, and
> ³Congo Square,² a CD by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center
> orchestra. Autographed by Mr. Marsalis, it was selling for $53.
>
> Now Ms. Rutledge was telling Mr. Schaap that some woman on the phone wanted
> to buy 30 copies of Mr. Schaap¹s new book, ³Charlie Parker and Jazz Club
> Memorabilia,² written with Norman R. Saks. The book, if autographed by both
> Mr. Saks and Mr. Schaap, was selling for $75, ³and you can¹t get it anywhere
> else,² noted Mr. Schaap, who then took the phone from Ms. Rutledge and told
> her, ³Go get your name in The New York Times.²
>
> Some of the most costly items were prints of jazz artists autographed by
> legends, collected by Mr. Schaap over the years. One of them, priced to sell
> at $4,000, was signed by Milt Hinton, Chico Hamilton, Wynton Marsalis,
> Lionel Hampton, Roy Haynes and others. Then there were the mounted and
> framed 78-r.p.m. records ‹ ³Santa Claus Blues,² by Louis Armstrong, ³Night
> and Day,² by Erroll Garner, and others ‹ from Mr. Schaap¹s collection,
> autographed by Mr. Marsalis and selling variously for several hundred
> dollars apiece.
>
> Hashem Sharif, of Tinton Falls, N.J., walked into the shop and also asked
> for Mr. Schaap.
>
> ³I listen to his program religiously every day,² Mr. Sharif said. ³This man
> is a national treasure. I heard it was the last day for the shop and I had
> to come.²
>
> Mr. Sharif bought Mr. Schaap¹s book and asked him to sign it, which Mr.
> Schaap did, with the inscription ³Bird Lives.² Mr. Sharif then sought Mr.
> Schaap¹s assessment of the CDs he had selected. Mr. Schaap approved of his
> choices, especially of a Count Basie CD.
>
> ³This was his last album while he was alive ‹ it¹s very important,² Mr.
> Schaap said.
>
> Mr. Schaap said the shop was a place where his jazz students gathered, and
> had a knowledgeable staff, including a student of his, ³who knows more about
> the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra than anyone in the world under age 40.²
>
> He spoke highly of Ms. Rutledge, who put much of her jazz study on hold as
> she ran the shop. She is a saxophonist with a master¹s degree in jazz
> studies and who now studies independently with Mr. Schaap and aspires to be
> a working musician. Now that the store was closing, she could at least put
> more time into that, she said.
>
> Mr. Sharif remarked that it was a challenging career choice, but Ms.
> Rutledge said she was ready to pay her dues. After all, she noted, even
> Charlie Parker got kicked off the bandstand in his early years.
>
> ³I guess I¹ll go get kicked off some bandstands,² she said.
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