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A mind for Jazz


Record shop owner Berigan Taylor dropped by KALW to tell Executive Editor (and fellow Jazz fan) Ben Trefny the story behind his little record shop in Oakland. Berigan’s was the inspiration for Michael Chabon’s new novel, Telegraph Avenue.  Taylor is a life-long record collector and still one of the Bay Area’s biggest jazz enthusiasts. As in, he could probably name every musician on every jazz recording you have ever heard.

Taylor is joining other longtime collectors in a record sale this weekend, Saturday, February 16th, and Sunday, February 17th.  More than 2,000 jazz classics, on vinyl, will be for available in the outer avenues of San Francisco's Sunset District. If you're more inclined to look for albums in the East Bay, there's a West Oakland record sale taking place this Saturday, February 16th from 10am until 4pm.

BERIGAN TAYLOR: I'm one of the few people I've ever met that when I hear something, I play it like 10 times in a row. Over and over and over and over again. Because when I like it, I really like it.

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Ben handles daily operations in the news department, overseeing the editorial and sound engineering teams, delivering daily newscasts, producing the nightly news and culture show Crosscurrents, and supervising special projects including KALW's Audio Academy training program.