Fortunately jazz has become a subject of interest to collectors and
scholars alike. This means a number of dedicated individuals and
institutions with the time, energy, enthusiasm and even on occasion the
financial support to amass archives of jazz records, photography, and
other historical documents. These archives are resource not to be ignored.
Auctions can be an excellent source for material that has not been on the
open market for years or even decades.
While it is true that any music store in any town will have jazz, there
are some shops that are better than others. The trick is to find classic
out-of-print gems or new indy titles that fly below the radar of standard
distribution. We hope this list will broaden your options.
The jazz community if filled with enthusiasts willing to trade rarity for
rarity. This is a source of historic jazz not to be dismissed.
However, when it
comes to indy music we encourage you to go ahead and use word-of-mouth to
find the music but then make a direct purchase
from the indy label producing it. Any time you find a label willing to
record, produce and market next generation jazz you need to support that
label directly. Think of it like tomato plants in a garden. If they
receive water they can thrive, if they don't they will shrivel up and
die. If you don't like tomatoes you may not care. If you like the taste
of fresh home grown tomatoes then don't be grudge the water.