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Smooth Operator

Ed Tankus

Ed Tankus is known as a “smoothie”—not for his engaging interpersonal style, but rather his musical tastes. His passion for smooth jazz is the foundation of Blue Plate Radio, the Hamden…

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A-Sides

Estrogen Highs photographed by Kathleen Cei

Plug in and turn up the amps. Here, vaguely chronologically, are the top 20 bands who shaped the sound of New Haven and have maintained the city’s image as the most creative original-music scene in Connecticut.…

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House of Wax

Replay Records interior

Never more the record store—not in New Haven, anyway. But Hamden’s Replay Records, about six miles up Whitney Avenue, keeps resetting its needle six days a week, with a fondness for grooved-vinyl 33s and 45s and the…

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Choose Your Own Adventure

CDs at Ives Main Library

The pundit class’s longstanding doom-and-gloom take on hard-copy books has always seemed more about stock market outlooks and missed revenue projections than about real consumer demand. The rest of…

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Label Maker

Safety Meeting Records album covers

New Haven resident Carlos Wells decided long ago to help take music back to its vinyl roots. In 2005, inspired by the sonic clarity and heft of his analog record collection, Wells created the one-man, mostly vinyl-producing music label…

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Mining Cole

Cole Porter

He was the top. He was delightful, delicious, de-lovely. Night and day, he was the one. And he was all that right here in New Haven for a little while in the 1910s.

New Haven has chosen an interesting year …

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Strumming Along

Shawn Persinger

“It seems flippant when I say it,” Shawn Persinger says, smiling. “But when people ask what I do, I say ‘I play guitar.’”

Persinger has had several of his own bands, including the long-running acoustic duo Prester John (with mandolinist …

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Vocal Locals

Frank Sinatra and Tony Consiglio; Michael Bolton with Blackjack

These are the tales of two crooners. One hailed from Hoboken, New Jersey, and picked up a close pal in New Haven along the way to becoming one of the most famous singers of the 20th century. The other is …

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Catch the Waves

WNHU

From his small office in the basement of Maxcy Hall at the University of New Haven, Bryan Lane is performing his duties as General Manager of WNHU.

Being in charge of a radio station sounds like a pretty cool gig, …

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Joined at the Hip Hop

Hashim Allah

Hashim Allah saw New Haven’s history of Hip Hop as it happened.

Allah did some DJ-ing, rapped a bit, wrote rhymes for others. But mostly he was just around. “I…

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