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Jazz At The Grocery Store

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I don't know what streaming service, or satellite radio, my local grocery store subscribes to, but it has been playing a lot of Blue Note titles in the last year or so. Today, while standing in the bulk section, I heard "Good Old Soul" from True Blue and "Somethin' Special" from Leapin' & Lopin'. I knew the track from the Sonny Clark album right away, but it took me a while to place the Tina Brooks album—I kept thinking I was hearing something from a Freddie Hubbard album.

Any other grocers spinning Blue Notes? I wonder if my store will eventually get to Conquistador. Probably not.

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Cecil Taylor

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I ran a jewelry catalog showroom back in the mid-1980s and I remember hearing Stephane Grappelli and also Meade Lux Lewis on the easy listening station that we played in the store in place of Muzak.

 

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Compliment you grocer on their music selection. Because I guantee that somebody will complain, and your compliment will be a counterweight 

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Two of the local wine outlets that I occasionally patronize play jazz.  One plays jazz exclusively; the other alternates between jazz and classical.  You never hear pop or rock in either location.  I always make a point of complimenting their musical choices.  

Jazz Goes to the Grocery Store should have been a Brubeck album.  

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Dave Brubeck himself.

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I don't recall EVER hearing jazz at a grocery store.

But I believe I once heard Eric Dolphy at Panera.  That was a jaw-dropping moment.

 

 

 

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I have never heard jazz at a grocery store, but one time in 1994 at a Quebec City grocery I heard Kenny G's Songbird.

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1 hour ago, GA Russell said:

I have never heard jazz at a grocery store, but one time in 1994 at a Quebec City grocery I heard Kenny G's Songbird.

Have you fully recovered yet?

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3 minutes ago, Rooster_Ties said:

Have you fully recovered yet?

Actually, I thought it was a perfect setting!

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21 hours ago, Ken Dryden said:

I ran a jewelry catalog showroom back in the mid-1980s and I remember hearing Stephane Grappelli and also Meade Lux Lewis on the easy listening station that we played in the store in place of Muzak.

 

I worked part time at a liquor store in college and the owner had an old Onkyo turntable set up, on which I played a variety of jazz records. Fun times.

also, if jazz was heard at the seafood store, would it be "Jazz at the Prawn Shop" ?

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When I moonlighted in a French restaurant, I recorded music from my jazz collection that the owner played for ambiance. No complaints from customers, while today's restaurant's too often sound like music from a millenial or generation X club, the pits.

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Thing is these establishments can’t play their own recordings from home right? They have to lease rights via BMG or whomever or they get sued. I’ve always thought a good way around that would be to have a live dj spinning no more than 1 or 1.5 minutes of a song. Imagine that at a Waffle House. 

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I used to spin CD's at the bar I worked at in college in the early 90's.  Couldn't spin a lot of jazz, but I played Side One of Jack Johnson ("Right Off") quite a bit, and sometimes even "Go Ahead John" from the same sessions (similar vibe).

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A cafe nearby my home (not Jazz Kissa or private management, a national chain)'s BGM is mainly Jazz, and plays Herbie Nichols quite often.  I sometimes wonder what Herbie would think if he knew that his music was being played in a cafe in the Far East 60 years after his death.

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4 minutes ago, mhatta said:

I sometimes wonder what Herbie would think if he knew that his music was being played in a cafe in the Far East 60 years after his death.

That is a thought that lingers in one's mind. So many people receive attention only after they're gone.

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I remember a few months ago I was visiting Boothbay Harbor up the coast from me and walking up to a breakfast eatery. From the takeout window you could hear jazz playing clearly in the background. It was a Herbie Hancock Blue Note title. The guy claimed it was his wife who was responsible being a jazz fan.

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I sat in a Starbucks in Southport, UK identifying Cannonball, Nat, Timmons .... If anything it was a distraction from the coffee. The right things in the right places, you know?

 

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1 hour ago, BillF said:

I sat in a Starbucks in Southport, UK identifying Cannonball, Nat, Timmons .... If anything it was a distraction from the coffee. The right things in the right places, you know?

 

Yusef Lateef on Atlantic was playing (years ago) at the Starbucks in Bath. Also Lee Morgan, can’t recall the title.

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I was in a small produce market in Kittery, ME over the weekend and they were playing "Cousin Mary" from "Giant Steps" over the speaker system throughout the store.

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