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    Default Bob Koester Chicago Jazz/Blues Producer Passes

    Bob Koester, owner of the Jazz Record Mart & founder of Delmark records, passed away at the age of 88. Bob was a major figure of the Blues & Jazz scene in Chicago for decades. He produced & reissued countless of Blues & Jazz recordings on Delmark Records down thru the years. He was responsible for producing many of Blues Mandolin Man Yank Rachel's later recordings.
    I believe I first visited the Jazz Record Mart around 1970. Of course I returned scores of times. If I were to see Bob & ask him a question, I was sure to get a long answer & trip thru the store & history. It was always fun & informative.
    I used to tell people the Jazz Record Mart was my favorite store in the world. It was messy, but if you wanted Jazz or Blues recordings, Pre-war, post war, Bop, Blues, Trad, Vinyl, 78's, cds etc... it was there. Somewhere.
    Chicago lost Joe Segal a year ago. Now Bob Koester. Jazz in Chicago has lost two champions.
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    Default Re: Bob Koester Chicago Jazz/Blues Producer Passes

    The Delmark catalogue is a wonder, and Bob did it for love not money.

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    Yes, lowtone2, a wonder indeed.
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    Default Re: Bob Koester Chicago Jazz/Blues Producer Passes

    and Magic Sam

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    Love Magic Sam. Tragically he died so young. I never got to see him live.
    Interesting, I was talking with a guy once, think it was at one of the Blues fests in Bob’s record tent. He said he only liked country Blues, acoustic not electric. Except, he liked Magic Sam.
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    Bob would offer the record store as a venue, and I played there in the mid-2000s with Zach Brock, promoting a jazz fiddle recording I produced with Zach. Bob offered us a contract, which we accepted. It was simple: Delmark would record us, and the "advance" was 400 CDs. There was a good studio setup at the Delmark office/warehouse, so they engineered the recording and produced the CDs. I was not really able to capitalize on the deal, working a "day job" full time and lacking all talent at booking, but I am grateful for the opportunity Bob gave me.
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    Good story, Tom.
    Let’s not forget Mandolin content. Bob released a few Yank Rachel albums. Yank & the Tennessee Jug Busters, an acoustic recording featuring the Guitars of Sleepy John Estes & Big Joe Williams & a young Michael Bloomfield. Also, he released an electric Mandolin record, Chicago style. Yank’s Mandolin was featured on long time partner, Sleepy John’s Broke & Hungry LP. There are some trax on a couple of Delmark compilation albums.
    Thank Bob for preserving a piece Blues Mandolin history.
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    Magic Sam is the top of chicago blues for me. That live recording from the teen club in Milwaukee, the Avant Garde? Perfection.

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