Music Memory – Paul Mabey

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This week we hear from JAZZ.FM91 listener Paul Mabey from Cobourg, Ontario.

“In 1971, when I was only 6 years old, my father bought a stereo hi-fi complete with headphones. I was amazed with this futuristic machine, all shiny with chrome, knobs and dials.

But most of all: the headphones. They provided awesome stereophonic sounds, crisp and clear to both ears! I was quickly hooked! I used to make a fort underneath our dining room table and sit for hours listening to the only stereo records in the house – my dad’s jazz and classical albums.

When he realized I was playing his precious vinyl records, he did what any good parent would do, he went out and bought two tickets to see Stan Kenton play at Seneca College. I was overwhelmed! When the show was over, the band was more than happy to sign my autograph book. I don’t know who was more surprised and thrilled, me to meet and talk to Stan Kenton and the band, or the musicians who were amazed that a 6-year-old was grooving to their tunes. It started me on a love affair with jazz that lives on today.”