Jazz collectibles is a personal experience that produces a euphoric state of bliss for many. The decision on what to collect is an intimate reflection of the person’s soul. Just like there are many forms of jazz, there are many different types of things to collect.
“Jazz music is not unlike any other forms of interest. In order to be well grounded in that interest one should collect pieces of that interest in order to form a basis for that interest. If you decide to take up cigar smoking you will want to sample a variety of cigars and begin collecting the ones you like. The same is true with Jazz music. There are probably more forms of Jazz than any other type of music. A collection should reflect those forms that interest and intrigue your ears … The basis for a collection should be fun and creative,” said Al Hall, Owl Studios CEO (Indianapolis, IN).
Jazz collectibles need not have an immediate monetary value. They may simply be a small memento of a favorite memory. When asked on Facebook what the coolest thing he ever collected was, pianist Max Zape responded, “My autographed ticket stub of David Sanborn the night my friend Reggie Smith and I opened for David, because the scheduled opening act (Poncho Sanchez) was stuck in traffic …”
Devoted jazz fan Jacquie McGrath takes pride in displaying her collection. “I like to collect signed pictures of the artist. I have them on display on my office wall. Having them to look at reminds me of the night of music I experienced and the super excitement I got from meeting my favorite artists,” she said in a Facebook discussion.
For others, jazz collectibles is serious business. Those wishing to purchase items might want to check out the website of veteran radio personality Bob Parlocha (www.jazzwithbobparlocha.com), where an assortment of jazz memorabilia is for sale on the “merchandise” page via Ebay auction.