Sep 7, 2012 Features
I saw a note that the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors is meeting this weekend in New Orleans. Sounds like it may be fun, with classic films, live jazz and, of course, dealers selling records. I’m not a member of the organization and I don’t know anyone who is. Seems kind of funny, I guess, that I do this site called Jazz Collector and there’s an association of jazz record collectors and I don’t know anything about it. The explanation, I think, has to do with the way I’ve always approached this lovely hobby and the way most of you in the Jazz Collector community seem to approach it as well, and that is: We seem to enjoy the thrill of the hunt, and the hunt tends to be a relatively solitary endeavor. I remember when I used to go recording hunting with my friend Dan and there was always a battle for the best records: Who saw it first, who wanted it most, who just had to have it, who would be willing to pay more. At some point I realized it was more fun to go hunting by myself and then tell him about the scores after the records were safely ensconced on my shelves. The idea of joining an association of collectors never had that much appeal. Here at Jazz Collector we can share
our love of the hobby in relative anonymity and we can share our scores after the fact. But I’m not opposed to the idea of an association and perhaps next year I’ll attend the event (if they invite me). In the meantime, if there are any “Jazz Collectors” who are also members of the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors and you would like to talk about the association and the convention, please feel free to do so here at Jazz Collector. I’d be happy to give you a guest post or two or three and I’m sure we’d all love to hear about what’s taking place in New Orleans this weekend. Wouldn’t we?