What He's Listening To: Seth Abramson (from Crain's New York Business)

By Valerie Block

Seth Abramson, the artistic director of Jazz Standard, spends much of his day listening to recordings of artists who want to perform at the West 27th Street club. He gets as many as 100 submissions a month. Often the music acts as background noise, but “if it catches my attention and my ears perk up, that can inform my decision," he says.

When Mr. Abramson has some downtime, he logs on to Wolfgang's Vault, a site that streams vintage concerts for free. “They've got a war chest of unbelievable music—from Led Zeppelin to Miles Davis," he says.

When he's driving, he puts his iPhone on Pandora.com, which lets listeners create their own radio stations. Two favorite records these days: Prana Dance by trumpeter Tom Harrell and Mwaliko from guitarist Lionel Loueke, who'll perform at the club Feb. 25-28.