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  • By Cary Ginell
    Apr 30, 2014
    From Royal Stokes' blog: Another landmark — of a different sort but which attracted a large and committed clientele for the four-and-a-half decades (1939-83) of its existence — is given its due in Cary Ginell’s Hot Jazz for Sale: Hollywood’s Jazz Man Record Shop (, a history of the shop and its customers and hangers-on. Geared to the interests and tastes of fans and musicians of early jazz, Jazz Man Record Shop soon established itself as L.A.-area headquarters for any so inclined. Those who dropped by to browse, buy, or schmooze with like-minded friends, acquaintances, or strangers included, in its early days, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Kid Ory, Rex Stewart, Jack Teagarden, Muggsy Spanier, Mel Tormé, Neshui Ertegun, and Orson Wells. Later on, Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts and Woody Allen would drop by when in town. The shop’s Jazz Man record label issued releases by Ory, Bunk Johnson, the Lu Watters band, and others. A CD with tracks by... More > these and a dozen more who recorded on the label can be ordered ($10) from Having in my teens in the 1940s bought 78RPMs by the three whom I list above, I was enthralled by this book and I recommend it to jazz aficionados of all stripes. It is chock full of important jazz history. Incidentally, I said “landmark” but, as the appendix “Known Jazz Man Addresses” clarifies, the store had a dozen locations across the decades in Hollywood, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Burbank. Photos, illustrations, Sources (Books, Periodicals, Articles, Correspondence, LP and Compact Discs), Jazz Man Discography, index.< Less
  • By hammondgarye
    May 7, 2010
    The importance of the Jazz Man Record Shop in promulgating interest in and knowledge of traditional jazz and blues can't be overestimated. During its near-half century of existence it was the primary source for jazz on the West coast and was almost singlehandedly responsible for the revival of interest in the traditional style through the Jazz Man record label. Its owners, from Dave Stuart through Nesuhi Ertegun to its final owner, Don Brown, were dedicated to spreading the gospel of jazz to generations of listeners and collectors. Cary Ginell's new book is not only comprehensive but cogently written and extensively researched. It is a must buy for anyone who is interested in the history of a bona fide American institution, the musicians who made the music, and the people who promoted and encouraged them. Not least in importance is the collective portrait of the dedicated collectors and enthusiasts who were responsible for the preservation and dissemination of this uniquely American... More > art form. Highly recommended for the music historian, researcher, and for the casual reader who is interested in a fascinating bit of Americana.< Less
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August 3, 2010
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.29 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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