We are sad to report that Jimmy Glickman, owner of New Orleans Music Exchange–a beloved uptown independent musical instrument and accessory store–has died at the age of 52. Services will be held on Sunday, January 17 at Touro Synagogue, 4238 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans.
George Porter Jr. confirmed the news on his Facebook page today via a post that reads:
Once again New Orleans musician has lost a great friend and owner of New Orleans Music Exchange music store. The days of the little guy with a neighborhood music store is just about gone here in the city I think he was the only one. Rest well my friend.
RNP Jimmy Glickman. Uptown will miss you. gpjr
Glickman was known throughout New Orleans for his generosity and his commitment to the local music community. His store won 14 Best of the Beat Awards for Best Music Store, as well as four additional awards for Best Pro Audio Store. He was also a frequent contributor to the Tipitina’s Foundation’s annual Instruments A Comin’ benefit event, and was supportive of many local musician-oriented non-profits, such as the New Orleans Musicians Clinic.
“Jimmy was just wonderful and supported us in anything we did,” said Bethany Bultman of the Clinic. “He told me many times, ‘Your money’s no good here. Anything you need, just let me know.’ It’s such a tragedy that he’s gone, as so many people depended on him, including the staff at the Musicians Exchange.”
Glickman was a fixture on the New Orleans music scene for years, and worked for Uptown Music before he went out on his own with the Music Exchange. He and International Vintage owner Steve Staples combined efforts about a year ago when IVG moved its inventory and business operations into the Music Exchange building on the corner of Magazine Street and Louisiana.
Glickman is survived by two former wives and his children Jonathan and Nicole.