The club is dedicated to the preservation of Jazz in all its forms, records (78s, vinyl, cylinder recordings, historic documents) books, tapes, CDs, piano rolls, autographs, photographs, sheet music, etc. While most of the membership collect one or more of the above, all are primarily interested in the music itself. Some members maintain sound recordings in their collections, others are just listeners, appreciative of having the opportunity to listen to the music collected and maintained by others.
Prior to each meeting, there is a listening session, where members bring records, tapes, CDs to play for the enjoyment of others. These include early jazz from the twenties up through the more modern idioms of jazz. Each month, a different member makes a presentation to the membership, concentrating on a particular facet or jazz artist. In the past, the presentations have included Fats Waller, Benny Goodman, Fletcher Henderson, Glenn Miller, Bunny Berigan, and general presentations with a central theme.
The interests of the membership vary, with some members concentrating on a particular artist and their recordings. No matter how obscure the artist, there is someone in the club who either collects him/her, or is familiar with them. There is a great camaraderie in the club, and members are willing to share their music with other members.
A newsletter, published every other month is sent to the membership. It contains a listing of upcoming events and presentations, together with articles by the members and selections from numerous publications.
If you enjoy recorded or live jazz, you will want to become a member of the MJRC.