WFMU Record Fair Coming in Two Weeks
The annual WFMU Record Fair is coming up, for those of you in the New York Metro area or planning to visit the New York area. The dates of the show are October 28, 29 and 30 at the usual location, The Metropolitan Pavilion on West 19th Street. I’ve gone to this show for many years, sometimes as a dealer, and it’s definitely one of the better record shows anywhere, certainly the best in New York. You get jazz dealers from all over the country and they always bring some good stuff because they know there will be a lot of other dealers there, particularly some of the dealers from overseas. Last year I brought several original Blue Notes and Prestiges, doubles from my collection, and they were pretty much sold before the official opening of the show on Friday evening. If you’re going to go and if you’re really seeking the heavy duty records you should
get there when the doors officially open at 4 p.m. on Friday and, if you’re really smart, you should hook up with a dealer and get in even earlier to be there when the other dealers arrive. Even if you miss out on the most collectible – i.e., expensive – records, there is always a ton of good jazz vinyl at this show and it is often at reasonable prices, depending upon the dealer. I don’t think I will be getting a table this year – haven’t gotten one yet and I imagine it’s sold out – but I’m not all that prepared. Having moved twice this year, to the city and to The Berkshires, I have many records in storage and I haven’t sorted them out or labeled them yet. Perhaps next year when things settle. Besides, the weekend of the show is also the birthday weekend of the lovely Mrs. JC and there are other celebratory plans in the works.