Best Jazz Education - 2004
Jack's Record Cellar
Collectors know Jack's Record Cellar for its impressive selection of 45s, stacked high in their yellowed sleeves. But this tumbledown store in the Lower Haight is also a great place for neophytes whose love of jazz starts and ends with the fact that they once made out to A Love Supreme in college. Owner Wade Wright, a chipper, avuncular man with a walrus mustache, loves helping people learn about -- and enjoy -- jazz. He answers even the most clueless queries with gentle, helpful responses, and will spend half an hour demoing music on the house record player before cutting you a deal on your purchases. You can even bring your LPs back to exchange, if you decide you don't like them. But you won't often need to.