Stereojack

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About Stereojack

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  • Birthday 07/06/1945

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  1. Bob Porter has died

    Bob was a fountain of knowledge who I could always rely upon for tidbits of information from when I first met him forty years ago. Over the years we became good friends and business associates in the record business, and we did many deals together. I know I'll be one of many who will miss him.
  2. Covid vaccination: poll

    I guess I'm one of the lucky ones. My health care provider contacted me during January informing us that we will be notified when appointments would be available, starting February 1. The underlying message was "Don't call us, we'll call you." On the morning of February 1, I received an e-mail instructing me to go to their website, as appointments were now being offered. Within a few minutes I had the location and the date, and on Friday, Feb 5 I got the 1st dose. After I received the shot, they set up the appointment for the 2nd shot, and I got it on Feb. 26. Side effects? Nothing after the 1st, minor queasiness for about 24 hours after the 2nd. Btw, it was the Pfizer vaccine. My city was also offering appointments starting in late January, but I'm glad I didn't have to go that route.
  3. Atlantic Discography

    I have the set. Which pages do you need?
  4. Stereo Jack: Now after having been open since June, I am happy too report that business is good, and we are getting plenty of vinyl and CD's. Of course, anybody who feels at all squeamish should follow their instincts and stay away, but we feel that we have taken the necessary precautions to make people feel safe whenever they enter the shop.
  5. Which Mosaic Are You Enjoying Right Now?

    I finally broke down and ordered this as well - it came on Monday. So far I've only listened to disc 1, which included the magnificent Hawkins extended "Body and Soul" and the delightful Hampton jam session with Herschel Evans and Charlie Shavers. Looking forward to more gems in the coming days!
  6. Focus on Barney Kessel

    Died in 2004.
  7. RIP, Steve Grossman.

    R.I.P. Saw him with Miles summer 1970. Played mostly soprano sax.
  8. Happy Birthday Stereojack!

    Thanks, everybody! I'm still here, even though my posts are few these days.
  9. Stereo Jack's reopened on June 8, with limited hours. We are requiring face masks, limiting customers to no more than 4 at a time, and we have erected plexiglass windows and other see through barriers to isolate any possible contamination. At first we were concerned about whether or not we would see any customers, but I am happy to report that the response has been very positive. After a few days, we decided to resume our normal hours. Business has been good, and I would like to think that we will be able to crawl out of the hole of debt that we have dug for ourselves after being closed for 11 weeks.
  10. Where is Simon Weil?

    My bad. I confused him with Michael Weil!
  11. Where is Simon Weil?

    He is one of my Facebook friends, and regularly "likes" some of my posts, as recently as within the past week.
  12. As a record store owner, I can tell you that we are considering all the options for when we open. Masks will be required, and we will recommend gloves (staff will be wearing both). We will have to limit the number of customers (haven't decided how many yet, somewhere between 4 and 6). We are not a high volume store, so this will not be a big problem. Our projected date is June 8, but that could change - it all depends on the governor. I'm hoping that restrictions will have relaxed a bit by then, but I'm not counting on it. The store is geared toward browsing, and we have always encouraged people to take their time. Hopefully, that won't change.
  13. May COVID 19 Poll

    Masks are mandatory here in Eastern Massachusetts, and most people seem to be complying. As a record store owner myself, I am facing all of these questions regarding when we can reopen. We have been closed since March 17, anticipating at the time that a lockdown would be announced, and it was a couple of days later. Now, after almost two months, I am seriously feeling the financial pinch, and am champing at the bit to get some cash flow coming in. We are carefully watching the news, and are encouraged that the numbers in Massachusetts are coming down. We still haven't figured out the details: do we open limited hours? Do we wear masks? Do we require customers to wear masks? Do we limit the number of customers? We are a small, low-volume store, so the last question is probably not a big issue. Like most people in this country, we are impatient with the lockdown, but are willing to comply with the decision our local leaders make.
  14. Stan Kenton Short on TCM

    I watched it - disappointed that the band wasn't allowed a single instrumental number. Not really representative of the Kenton we know, but not surprising in that many bands were struggling after the war, and this was clearly a very commercial presentation. I've been a subscriber of TCM for 10 years now (via Comcast) and it's worth every penny, IMO.
  15. Manny Albam

    It seems to have only been issued in mono, although many recordings from this period were recorded in stereo, even if they weren't released in that format. Here's Discog's page: https://www.discogs.com/Manny-Albam-The-Blues-Is-Everybodys-Business/master/753347