“In the inevitable clash between art and commerce, bet on commerce to prevail. That’s why the inventory, website and name of the Jazz Record Mart, the venerable downtown Chicago emporium billed as “The World’s Largest Jazz and Blues Record Store,” has been sold to Wolfgang’s Vault, a Nevada company that restores and digitizes music. Bob Koester, who owned the Jazz Record Mart, expressed the reason for the sale prosaically: “The rent is killing us.”
The store closed this week. But there’s more to the riff.