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Papa Jazz Record Shoppe

Columbia Sc, SC, US

2014 Greene St,
Columbia Sc, SC, 29205, US
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About Papa Jazz Record Shoppe

Local Record Store in Columbia Sc, SC

Our Genres: Alternative, Classical, Country, Folk, Gospel, Opera, Rock, Soundtracks
Formats: CDs, 7" Vinyl, 12" Vinyl
Others: Books, Vinyl Accessories
What we do: Buy, Sell

Hours of Operation

Monday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Reviews of Papa Jazz Record Shoppe in Columbia Sc, SC

  • 4.8
  • 408 Reviews


Great service and selection. They can/will order anything you need and most of the time arrives in just a few business days. Limited parking because it's in 5 points, and not for the claustrophobic, the place is small and has records everywhere. Best place in Columbia for vinyl, hands down.

Seth Yeun

I was very happy that one of the employees was knowledgeable on music from and relating to the Goth subculture! I picked up quite a few CDs and will definitely be back for more. Employees are nice and the music that plays in store was enjoyable as well.

Chris Mixon

A beloved local institution that’s been doing it right for 40+ years. The most recent releases and, bar none, the best used selection I’ve ever seen. Staffed by legitimate music fans and musicians alike, these folks know what they’re doing. If they don’t have it and can get it for you, they will. If you see something used that goes up on their daily posts, call them, they’ll hold it for you. The alluring smell of decades old vinyl? They’ve got it 🙂Everything you could possibly want in a used record store. Truly a treasure. Highest recommendation.

Brian Poust

Let's begin with the conclusion. I love this record shop.Record stores come in different shapes and styles. Some specialize in one thing heavily, some have all of the charm you might expect from a corporate chain, while others don't appear to hold any values at all. In so many ways, there's no mistaking that Papa Jazz has been around since 1980. That it has endured since 1980 should tell you that it's an institution that has weathered the ups and downs of the favored format of the store - the vinyl record.Papa Jazz stocks most anything. Primarily a second hand store, it has expanded to new releases/reissues to keep up with market trends, but the magic within those walls is the used selection. Within that, you'll find why the store really draws in both  serious, seasoned record collectors and the more curious and adventurous among new collectors. What's that? Great records that weren't hits.Sure - the classic titles are there and you can find them at prices fair enough that you may question why you have a Discogs account at all. But keep digging. You'll find that a knowledgeable staff has the desire to turn you on to left field and fringe artists who you may not have considered previously, or even known about. Avant Garde Jazz? Yep. Prog? You betcha. Some outlaw, border-line psycho country singer from the most rural of 1970s America? Maaaaayybe?It's a record store that in my estimation is a dying breed. Are there cleaner record stores on Earth? Sure. Are you going to knock your head on a piece of their HVAC unit? Possibly. I have - more than once. There's a sign to warn you though, so it's on you when it happens. But if you want an accommodating space with serious knowledge behind the counter, when you're ready to get your friend that Fleetwood Mac classic they want on vinyl and THEN turn them onto the Eric Dolphy record they NEED, well, Papa Jazz is the exact place for you.I could go on. And on. But when you're a USC student at the beginning of your life's adventure, you're in town for whatever brings you to Columbia, or you just want to see what a record shop looks like when it's run by people who care about what they're doing, Papa Jazz comes with my highest recommendation. Get your knees dirty with the crates on the floor. Ask an employee what they're digging right now. Tell your yuppie parents to go walk around Five Points while you expand your horizons. Just understand there's something for you to find, something for you to learn, when you shop at Papa Jazz Record Shoppe.

Kevin Oliver

I've been shopping at Papa Jazz for 35 years and never been disappointed in the selection and the surprising finds. Even in the vinyl revival we're in these days, it's not hard to find affordable, good stuff in the bins.

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