Chicago radio veteran Mark Ruffin remembers the moment he fell in love with jazz.
It was as he watched his family’s West Side record store, Ruffin’s TV and Records, get robbed.
“My dad was at work, and my mom was watching the store,” Ruffin says. “My little sister was in a carriage, and a guy walks in with a woman, and he pulls a gun on my mom. He has the woman go around. She went around the bench, and she picked up a few radios, and they just took all these records. On the turntable was the Miles Davis single ‘If I Were A Bell.’ ”
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