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.