"Chicago's Record Man: A Conversation with Bob Koester" (Video Interview by Howard Mandel)

Saturday, September 24, 1:30-2:30pm

Logan Screening Room

 Photo by William Ellis

Photo by William Ellis

Jazz lovers and record/CD collectors all know the name of BOB KOESTER, a member of the Blues Hall of Fame since 1996, owner of the former Jazz Record Mart (JRM) and Delmark Records, the oldest jazz and blues independent record label in the United States. Bob began selling records in Chicago in the late 1950s and established the Jazz Record Mart name in the early 60s, eventually marketing it as “The World’s Largest Jazz and Blues Record Store.” It became a place for jazz lovers and jazz musicians to hang out and connect. Although Bob sold his record inventory last year, he has opened the Delmark Records Music Shop in the building that houses his recording studio. You can read Howard Mandel’s report for NPR on the sale of the Jazz Record Mart here. HOWARD MANDEL, writer, editor, producer for National Public Radio, author of several books on jazz, and president of the Jazz Journalists Association, began hanging out at the JRM as a teenager “doing small chores and studying the stock, running into musicians including Big Joe Williams, Washboard Hank, Jimmy Dawkins, Betty Carter, Clifford Jordan, Dave Holland and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, as well as Chicago jazz activists such as Joe Segal and Chuck Nessa, radio show hosts, the staff of Living Blues Magazine and devoted fans.” The video is excerpted from a two and a half hour conversation between Bob & Howard in the studio at the Delmark building at 4121 N. Rockwell. Howard will be present at the showing to answer questions.