So sad to learn about Dan Serro’s passing.
I knew him for many years all the way back to his loft on Great Jones St and then on William St.
A real true jazz hipster!
Did you know that besides being a fanatical record collector he also sold Fuller Brush and Avon products.
I remember visiting his loft several times and seeing everything laid out on tables.
His vinyl collection was definitely one of a kind.
Massive! And all in alphabetical order too.
Back in the 90s I would occasionally hear from him.
He told me he was relistening to his entire collection in order I think he was up to Ella Fitzgerald then a while later I saw him again and he was up to Lightnin’ Hopkins.
I don’t know how far he got.
Last time I saw him was at the Vision Fest few years back:
Above is a pic I snapped. I have more and will post when I can lay my hands on them.
R.I.P. Dan Serro.
Daniel Serro-Boim born March 22, 1934 in New York passed away on January 26, 2018. His wife Nola Simmons (maiden name) passed away September 2003. Dan resided with his long time companion Casandra. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren. He loved and collected jazz and wrote poetry, produced a few records, published his poetry. Traveled to different countries like Germany, Japan, etc. He is survived by his sister Dorothy and his children Jeff, Richard, Jennifer, Christine, Anastacia (Stacey) and grandchildren… Arrangements made by Blasberg-Rubin-Zilbert (305)865-2353.
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.!!