Jazz Quarter - C L O S E D Who Loves It (1)
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Address: 1267 20th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
Neighborhood: Sunset
Specifics: Record Store
Phone: 415-661-2331

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Posted by:  David MacFadden

Knowing which Duke Ellington song you’re looking for is only going to get you so far at Jazz Quarter. Entering the shop is like wading into the annals of jazz history—sometimes alphabetized, sometimes cross-referenced, but likely stacked, shuffled, and previously rummaged through. Nevertheless, jazz cats will find some long-sought after gems in this tiny shop in the “cloverleaf” area around 19th Avenue and Lincoln. This writer came away with some Freddie Hubbard, Coleman Hawkins, Joe Zawinul’s (RIP) pre-Weather Report Zawinul, and the previously alluded to “East St. Louis Toddloo [SIC]” by Duke Ellington and his Entire Orchestra, among others. The shop is run by an older gentleman that chain-smokes and plays CDs while you browse; stoic at first, he warms up once you chime in, and is happy to talk about jazz and San Francisco history. These record shops are few and far between, and as even Amoeba is feeling the crunch of the internet’s effects, it’s worth sticking your head into Jazz Quarter to see how record buying used to be done. (Hours are “approximately” Tuesday through Saturday between 1 PM and 6 PM.)

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