Go here for LondonJazzCollector  open topic discussion forum. It’s like the Steve Hoffman Forum, but without Steve! Join several hundred like-minded members and talk about jazz.


Registration is free, and recommended, though not a pre-requisite of posting.

Spam Intrusion

Due to intrusion by spam – most recently, by on-line gambling spam from Vietnam, and online-Pharma scam originating from Russia, reluctantly, registration now requires my prior approval. Spam is deleted immediately I see it and the spammer’s ip-address blocked, though they seem quite adept at generating new addresses.

Guest-posters are still able to post, which means some spam will get through posing as guests.  Hopefully we are all savvy enough not to click on their mal-intended payload, or offer them your credit card details. The only real solution is to allow forum posts from only registered members.  I am reluctant to take this step, for now it’s open door, we’ll see what happens.

LJC  –  last updated December 12, 2021

File Attachments

Last year the Forum reached its storage limit of 200mb (Pro-Boards free hosting limit) due to posters uploading large photo attachments. Though it may be unpopular, I deleted attachments over ¼ mb to create some headroom for future discussion. Sharing is understandable but it’s meant to be a discussion forum, not a photo-sharing site, guys! I have no source of revenue for image-hosting.  Tumblr, Flickr, Imgur and Youtube offer lots of free storage capacity (paid for by advertising), and a link is all that’s really needed.  Sorry for the inconvenience, but to share music rips (if there is no Youtube already up) and photos, please upload to a hosting service and post the url link.

Now talk away!


Last updated: December 12, 2021


12 thoughts on “LJC FORUM

  1. I’m reading a great TASCHEN book called Jazz Covers. Now I’m seeing an album cover from Pharoah Sanders with the album title Pharoah’s First. Only, the cover in the TASCHEN book says Pharaoh Sanders. When I’m looking for the album on the internet I only see his name spelled as Pharoah Sanders. The only match I have with my TASCHEN-book is a cd-cover where I see his name as Pharaoh Sanders. Puzzled…a misprint on the cd cover (the back of the cd says Pharoah Sanders) and TASCHEN uses a cd-misprint for a book about vinyl covers? So much questions 🙂


    • Pity the poor typesetter. Pharoah is not a word in common usage, so a sense of how it is spelled correctly is missing.
      I read Sun Ra suggested the name Pharoah, Sanders born Farrell Sanders. Now I’m worried if I have spelled Farrell right. And is it “spelled” or “spelt”?
      Where is grammar and spelling police “Cecil Taylor” when you need her?

      Liked by 1 person

  2. It would be nice if the football news and other non-music stuff were removed from the LJC Forum. Maybe more people would like to participate then.


    • Forum members please use the spam reporting function, which alerts me as Admin to sort it. I will delete the post and ban the poster by ip address as soon as I see it.

      The Vietnamese Casino spammers are behind Soccer Tips. Their ip address goes back to Ho Chi Min City. They now post images which carry text which can’t be detected by spam filters, and use multiple ip addresses and guest identities, but it is the same spam source: Vietnam. A couple of forum readers are very sharp in reporting spam posts, Please use the Report Post as Spam function, you can help.

      A world without spam would be nice but the Forum host ProBoards doesn’t provide the same level of protection against spam as given by Askimet on WordPress sites. Unfortunately I can’t stop them. Just report spam and I will delete.


  3. I noticed that the forum is still labeled as “Not Secure.” Wouldn’t it be better to have it running https protocol? That shouldn’t be a problem to change. I’ve noticed that there have recently been some unusual posts again, totally unrelated to jazz – ads for services, long posts in cyrillic alphabets, etc I’ve also noticed that sometimes users will post somewhat personal information (such as their locations, amounts paid for record purchases, etc.), probably not realizing this is not a secure site. For everyone’s benefit it might be better to make it more safe to use. It is a very nice forum.


  4. Hear hear Rudolf. You will have more experience with the Shostakovic String quartets than I do but for me there’s the same challenge struggle, and satisfaction in the listening experience as with the masters of free jazz. Only one copy on CD for me I’m afraid, (Borodin) especially now as I try to rebuild my Jazz collection.


  5. I feel guilty but have to reveal that I also buy classical records. While a jazz lover at heart, I’ve become enamored by Brahms’ piano music. My admiration of the pianist, Julius Katchen,playing on the Decca set from the 60s, is boundless.


    • why feel guilty? Besides fiftiesjazz, my other passion is Chostakovich, his 15 String Quartets and his Symphonies. Have them all on CD, even in various interprétations, so as to compare different approaches. I am trying to find original vinyl copies on the Melodiya label. Found my last copies in Yalta for a very reasonable price (50 Rubles equals less than one euro). Moscow flea markets finds are more expensive. In the West the market for Melodiya is going up continuously, so better buying them in their home country. It is beyond the scope of LJC, but I will personally check on Julius Katchen. Never heard of him, I must admit.


      • I purchased the Katchen collection at an state sale – 8 albums on US London unplayed – for a buck. Great set.


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