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Jingle Bell Swing

Great gifts that bring you closer to the music you love

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Ask any serious music fan, and they’ll probably tell you that the holiday gifts they remember best were audio products. The Sears 8-track player I got for Christmas 1975 gave me my first listens to George Benson’s Breezin’ and Jeff Beck’s Blow by Blow. Later, the Panasonic cassette boombox I got for Christmas 1979 let me dig into the catalogs of Miles and Trane. And that was just the ’70s!

If you want to help a loved one get deeper into the music they love—or help a loved one help you get deeper into the music you love—we’ve compiled a list of great audio gifts for jazz fans, from cheap little stocking stuffers to serious gear that just might change someone’s life the way my Sears 8-track player did mine.

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Brent Butterworth

Brent Butterworth has been a professional audio journalist since 1989, and has evaluated and measured thousands of audio products. He is currently a writer at Wirecutter and editor of the SoundStage Solo headphone site; served as an editor at such magazines as Sound & Vision and Home Theater; and worked as marketing director for Dolby Laboratories. He also plays double bass with several jazz groups in Los Angeles.