I love Times Square when it’s deserted

Sunday, the morning of the Grammys, I was staying at the NY Marriott Marquee right in the heart of Times Square.

I woke early around 7 am and took a casual stroll on Broadway.

I love Times Square when it’s deserted.

I wound up on the corner of 49th and Bway.

A very famous corner especially for music mavens like you and I.

1619 Broadway at 49th Street is the building where musical dreams were turned into hits at the mythical Brill Building.

Just to think of what came out of that place and the song writers and song pluggers like Lieber and Stoller, Goffin and King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil not to mention the hey day of Tin Pan Alley.

Way, way back in the EyeGo early days I took a job at the Brill Building working in one of those old lofts up on I can’t remember what floor.

This place specialized in making copies of sheet music and scores for Broadway shows.

I’m not talking Xerox copies.

You remember those old mimeograph machines from elementary school. The one’s that used alcohol solution to make the copies.

You could catch a mini buzz off that stuff.

Well the one’s at this place were mimeograph machines on steroids that were able to make very long copies of very larger scores.

The place had no ventilation and everybody smoked. Mostly men in aprons with sad tired looks on their faces.

One night after a long shift and inhaling those fumes all day I stumbled out into the old Times Sq with the Camel sign, glaring car horns and blazing neon lights. It was a bad trip. I only lasted a couple of weeks. One time Yusef Lateef came in for some copy work. And one time I got on the elevator with Lieber & Stoller.

So ended my brief, but spectacular time at the Brill Building.

Sadly another landmark on 49th & Bway Colony Records is gone now too.

My 49th and Bway journey continued across the street on the South East Corner.

That was the site of the first psychedelic night club in NYC The Cheetah Club.

This is the first time I saw Jimi Hendrix in 1966 playing with Carl Holmes and the Commanders.

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Jim Eigo
President and Founder of Jazz Promo Services
Since founding Jazz Promo Services 15 years ago, Jim has handled hundreds of campaigns annually for emerging and established musicians, supporting them with targeted regional, national and global campaigns. Dr. Billy Taylor, Roy Haynes, Archie Shepp, Jimmy Owens, Roger Kellaway, Eddie Daniels, Michel Petrucciani, Jane Ira Bloom, Dave Stryker, Steve Slagle, Dom Minasi, Bill O’Connell to name a few. Among his projects: promoting Grammy award-winning and nominated albums by Ike Turner, James Moody, The Vanguard Orchestra, Bob Mintzer, and Trio Da Paz to name a few; working with legendary guitarist Les Paul for almost a decade; and promo work for Jack Kleinsinger’s Highlights in Jazz, the longest-running jazz concert series in New York City celebrating their 45th year in 2017.

Jazz Promo Services President and Founder Jim Eigo’s passion for music has been his lifelong driving force for as far back as he can remember. At an age when some kids had paper routes or mowed lawns to earn a few bucks, Jim worked for a jukebox distributor in his native Brooklyn. His salary? Used records. “I thought I’d stumbled into a pot of gold,” he recalls with a laugh. Since then, Jim has held jobs in retail, record production, marketing, distribution, and publicity, as well as event production.

He’s been a rock record buyer, a jazz department manager, and general manager of record stores great and small. Jim has served as the house publicist for venues including the renowned Iridium jazz club. He also founded an all-jazz mail order record business, served as a sales rep for several labels and distributors, as well as handled sales and marketing for international labels. Plus, he’s an experienced record producer, awards show producer, and concert and events producer.

With his “right place at the right time” knack, Jim worked at the Strand bookstore the same time as Patti Smith and Tommy Verlaine, and held the jazz manager job at the well-known Happy Tunes record store — right across the street from Electric Ladyland Studios — which was frequented by musicians of all genres.

From the get-go, Jim was plugged into what was happening in clubs and concerts, and was on hand for the birth of the loft jazz scene of the 1970s, which fueled his zest for all things jazz-related. His eyes light up as he describes in detail concerts he attended over the years, from band configurations to repertoire to the order of solos. Jazz Promo Services offers that same level of attention to clients, making sure that your information is directed to the right people in the right way.

In an ever-changing music business, Jim is too smart and realistic to waste time trying to reinvent the wheel, but creative and resourceful enough to constantly look for new ways to roll. As such he was among the first jazz entrepreneurs to develop an email data base and mailing list, which led to Jim being crowned “The King of Jazz Email.”

As president of Jazz Promo Services, Jim Eigo puts his data base to good use in promoting new releases, live gigs, special events and more, for a clientele that includes artists, promoters, venues, producers, festivals, labels, educators and others.

Jazz Promo Services is not just a business for Jim Eigo, it’s also a calling. With patience, dedication, sense of humor and a good ear for music and stories, he spreads the word on jazz, one email blast at a time.!!

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