Photo via New Orleans Music Exchange's Facebook page.

New Orleans Music Exchange Owner Jimmy Glickman Dies

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.



  • happydog

    Oh man…RIP Jimmy. I started going to his store after he split from Uptown Music. Bought many things from him over the years, always a big smile and a handshake, and glad to see me even if I didn’t buy anything bigger than a set of strings. He will be sorely missed.

    • Bobby Barth

      Jimmy was a real mensch, help me navigate the NOLA music scene when I moved there in 2001, made a special trip down magazine to say goodbye when we left. Love ya Jimmy, you now have the answers before me.
      Jimmy into that undiscovered country from who’s bourn no traveler returns.
      Bobby Barth

  • Franz Kafka

    VERY Sad to hear this news. 2016 showing no mercy. New Orleans will be all the poorer without this man, a true friend to many a musician and a generous and gentle soul. We should put up a plaque honoring Jimmy at the corner of Magazine & Louisiana….there’s no way that corner will ever be the same. So long Jimmy, you will be so greatly missed……

    • ChiNola

      Amen Franz, a plaque would be fitting.
      He treated everybody like they were his favorite kid brother or sister. There is no one word in the English language to say “nice to the umpteenth powers times infinity” , he loved everybody and they loved him back. We were friends for 24 years, I can’t believe it, can’t believe he’s gone. I just can’t imagine New Orleans without him. It ain’t right, but that joins a long list.
      Maybe Orpheus can honor him somehow. Or Krewe de Vieux. He never wanted or got the spotlight, maybe it’s time everybody knows how awesome a regular guy he was. RIP Jimmy

  • Juniper Row

    A great friend of The New Orleans music community has passed. Jimmy Glickman gave back as much as he received. I purchased PA equipment, amps, guitars and all types of assessories from his shop over the years. However, I will always remember one particular purchase. I came into his shop and he had a rare bass for sale. We made a very fair deal that included a trade of another bass that I had back home. I returned the next day with my trade in hand, but unknown to Jimmy a shop employee had sold the guitar. Jimmy felt extremely bad and said he would make it up to me. A few months passed and l got a phone call from Jimmy. He indicated that he had come into the pocession of another original Steinberger Bass. I arrived at his store later that day and much too my surprise, it was a flawless vintage model that I thought would be unaffordable. Before I could ask how much, Jimmy wrote down a figure on a scrap of paper and said, “I hope this makes up for your inconvenience”. I did a double take because I knew he could have sold this particular bass for double or more the price. My personal anecdote is one of many, which describes the businessman that Jimmy Glickman embodied throughout his career. I think I’ll take that bass out of the case this evening and play a riff for Jimmy.