LJC Visitors Profile

WordPress, my blog host, introduced information on the country of origin of visitors to LondonJazzCollector site – calculated by page views. Around half of visitors here arrive from search engine queries, some of them searches like “Zoot Trubshaw Quintet Five Go Mad in Harlem download“.

Naughty, naughty.

The most frequently visited pages are those for the Blue NoteLabel, which like to think are unique on the web, and certain artists – Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane always figure prominently, then its a thousand different things. Great!

Total page views will soon pass the half a million mark in just over the two years since LJC started in August 2011. Not bad considering I am assured this vinyl thing is just a passing fad, and no one is interested in modern jazz nowadays.
In eighteen months to September 5th 2013, the LJC visitor profile by country of origin:

stats-sept5-2013-all-world

As you might expect, the largest source of visitors is from the US, Northern Europe and Japan.  Less expected is the number of visitors from outside the Anglophone world, a timely reminder that music a universal language. Hi, and welcome, Jazz Spoken Here. (Or perhaps its those guys in the embassies whiling away their time online)

What is missing are countries without easy access to the Internet (or whose servers refuse identification) or those more “culturally isolated” –  the Arab world, Sub-Saharan Africa, much of South and Central  America, China and of course Greenland, The Arctic Circle and the North Pole. Bottom of the pile is Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe. Some way to go then, for John Lennon’s vision “Imagine all the people…”  In the usual manner of Utopianists, perhaps he was thinking of “all the people (like us)”

LJC – September 2013

UPDATE February 2017 – six years and still going strong, pageviews crossing around two and a half million, must be doing something right!

10 thoughts on “LJC Visitors Profile

  1. I have to thank the writers of this blog again. I, formerly, had no idea about the importance of a mono setup to get high fidelity from mono records. I have been noticing that good mono Blue Note records didn’t have their celebrated full, rich sound. While cheaper stereo re-issues sounded fantastic. Then I read the article on this site about mono devices and cartridges. The light bulb went off in my head, so to speak. I’m using a highly specialized stereo stylus made by Soundsmith. (For those in Europe who are unfamiliar with Soundsmith, they specialize in re-tipping cartridges.)

    I would like to get a good mono cartridge, already setup on another tonearm. I have a VPI Scout, which has a tonearm with a fixed head shell. I would have to buy a new tonearm for this setup. It’s something I can’t afford at the moment. I wish I had one of those Technics turntables with their standardized, removable head shells. They are very versatile and easy to upgrade.

  2. Thank you for this blog. I used to frequent the Manhattan jazz club scene until I had to move. I keep telling people that there is nothing like seeing a great jazz group at a small club, like The Village Vanguard. One sits a few feet from these masters of improvisation. I distinctly remember Reggie Workman’s group. They started suddenly with such force and beauty, I felt my hair stand on end. As I glanced at photos and drawings of Coltrane, I was thinking: How can mere mortals reach such artistic heights? Yes, I was on sacred ground and lucky to see Reggie’s group play.

    • Fortunate indeed, Seth. The few live jazz concerts I have attended (Chick Corea, Christian Scott, Herbie Hancock) have all been a big disappointment – open air, everyone mic’d into the PA, mixed and booming out from banks of speakers overhead, you might as well have on the CD for all the difference it made being “live”.
      I think, Coltrane, Live at the Village Vanguard… now where did I leave the keys of the time machine?

      • I love live Jazz, have been to hundreds of gigs. London is awesome for Jazz concerts. Beats listening to records hands down

          • Yep, East Side Jazz Club in Leytonstone, hosted by the very wonderful Clive Fenner and his trio. There’s been some fine gigs so far this year including Alan Skidmore, Jim Mullen and Bobby Wellins. Check it out!

            • Great tip re East London Jazz Club- a friendly Tuesday night venue in Leytonstone (close to tube). I followed up on this and saw an excellent performance featuring Denys Baptiste and Gary Crosby. They played a Hard Bop and ballad set that regulars here would savour. The decor in the recently decorated function room above ‘Tommy Flynn’s’ pub resembles the photo of LJC’s Music Room but the acoustics are probably not as good!
              This club is well-worth a visit a deserves your support. I’ve written about it here:-
              http://downwithit.info/2014/05/17/denys-baptiste-live-at-east-side-jazz-club-may-13-2014/

        • I would love to check out the London jazz scene. The only other place I saw a live jazz show was in San Francisco, California. I saw Sam Rivers before he passed away. I had no idea that he was so weak with illness. He played the piano with such delicate beauty that he received three standing ovations. It was in an arts center about the size of a movie theater. That was, indeed, a wonderful experience.
          I think it’s easier to see the jazz masters in small Manhattan clubs because, unfortunately, fewer Americans, than Europeans, appreciate real jazz. Many people in the U.S. have never heard jazz and often confuse it with certain rock forms. Then there are those rude people who eat and talk while the musicians are playing. I avoid those supper clubs like the plague.
          But the good news is that many new, small clubs have opened in Manhattan. I’ve met people who traveled across the country just to see some live music. Many stay in youth or elder hostels to avoid the exorbitant New York hotel prices.
          We do, however, have many jazz aficionados. But we’re such a large country that they rarely get a chance to see a live show.
          There’s an audio site called audiokarma.org. In the jazz section of the music forum, jazz enthusiasts post photos of their jazz collection. There are thousands of beautiful albums in that data base, from places all over the country. It’s such an impressive source of information, I think it should be preserved for its cultural significance. But alas, there are too many Americans like the philistine character played by Jack Palance in Jean-Luc Godard’s film masterpiece, “Le Mépris,” who uttered the ironic line, “Every time I hear the world culture, I take out my checkbook.”

  3. I’ve used your Blue Note and Atlantic label identification cheat sheets about a hundred times now. I’ve only recently started exploring your blog and I must say I’m happily addicted.

    Keep it up!

  4. Just come across this fantastic site.Picked up a lot of these records back in the eighties when they went for a fiver max! Also missed some british stuff at the time due to naivity doh.!Now fifty and still hooked.Keep up the good work

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