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Jazz Record Center
Every Person in New York

Ornette Coleman said, "Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time."

For aficionados, all you really need to know is the address of the Jazz Record Center, 236 W. 26th [7th/8th] 212.675.4480, and the fact that it's on the eighth floor of an office building that gives you no clue on the outside that JRC is within. Make your way inside and you'll find all the Miles Davis and Cannonball Adderley, Ella, Coltrane, Mary Lou Williams you could want and anyone else you can name.

You want to be schooled in jazz? You can hardly do better than to spend time among the vinyl and CDs, DVDs, books, posters such as A Great Day in Harlem and the Jazz Tree, listening to what's playing in the store and most of all, talking to owner Fred Cohen.

He started the place in 1983 and has expansive knowledge of the entire art form, knowledge he's generous about sharing.

You can also bid on their frequent eBay auctions. But drop in if you can. Mr. Cohen riffs with the best of them.

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.

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