[JPL] Highly recommended new book

TomtheJazzman tomthejazzman at embarqmail.com
Thu Apr 1 12:16:00 EDT 2010

Here in Greenville we had a store where you could play the music on a 
turntable.  They had salesmen who came around every other week or 
monthly with DEMO LPs for them to listen to prior to making their 
orders.  In those days I was the big Jazz Kid and often times the 
salesmen would leave me JAZZ DEMOS for my young collection.  I did get 
some great music that way. This same store sold audio equipment and that 
is where I purchased my first two systems.  Also Kemp's Records in 
Chapel Hill had the listening booths where you actually took the LPs 
into the booth and played them. What a wonderful way to audition music.  
I think I often spent my food money on LPs there while at UNC.  ALOHA 

Paul Combs wrote:
> I remember, growing up in Philadelphia, being about the same age 13-14 
> and buying my first jazz records in similar stores. Some like a 
> couple  up on Market Street, would play a track for you on the house 
> system, others like Sam Goody on 15th Street hat the booths like those 
> Steve remembers. What nice memories this thread brings up.
> Thanks,
> Paul
> Steve Schwartz wrote:
>> I started buying jazz LPs wile a teenager in Southern California in 
>> the late 1950s.
>> One of my favorites places to do so was Wallach's Music City at the 
>> corner of
>> Sunset and Vine.
>> They actually had a row of small listening booths where you could 
>> take a few LPs
>> into and listen in privacy. This is before shrink wrapping.
>> The booths had huge glass windows so you could see out onto the street.
>> One occasion stands out to this day. I don't remember the album I was 
>> listening to,
>> but as I looked out the window while listening, walking by me on 
>> Sunset was
>> Gerry Mulligan. I knocked on the glass to get his attention, held up 
>> the album cover,
>> indicating that I was a jazz fan. Gerry waved and gave me a big smile 
>> and continued
>> walking past me.
>> I'm 15 or 16 years old.
>> What a thrill!
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