A Dream of Jazz takes the listener on a historic and tuneful ride to Cleveland in the 1940s. The city, jazz, and friendship are celebrated through the eyes of the teenage friends Don and John. Their thoughts are filled with nothing but jazz, and their troubles are carried away on the magic carpet of the music. The spirit and power of jazz are captured in Kim Maerkl´s compelling production. Her original compositions combined with the smooth storytelling voice of renowned Austro-American actor August Zirner and the sophisticated playing of the band Fourscore is a musical treat for jazz lovers of any age. Author biography: Kim Maerkl was born in 1961 in Cleveland, Ohio. She is an author, composer, and producer. Her works have been performed in concert halls and theaters throughout Europe and released by publishers in America, Germany and Switzerland. She is a Fulbright scholar. Narrator biography: August Zirner was born in 1956 in Urbana, Illinois, and is the son of Austrian-Jewish immigrants. He has appeared in over 100 films and television shows and is one of the most popular actors in Germany. He co-starred in The Counterfeiters, which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. youtube.com/watch?v=O3-6yhFtBJY&feature=youtu.be 1. Language: English. Narrator: August Zirner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/naxo/001353/bk_naxo_001353_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The spellbinding tale of hustler Edgar Laplante - the king of Jazz Age con artists - who becomes the victim of his own dangerous game.Edgar Laplante was a small-time grifter, an erstwhile vaudeville performer, and an unabashed charmer. But after years of playing thankless gigs and traveling with medicine shows, he decided to undertake the most demanding and bravura performance of his life. In the fall of 1917, Laplante reinvented himself as Chief White Elk: war hero, sports star, civil rights campaigner, Cherokee nation leader - and total fraud.Under the pretenses of raising money for struggling Native American reservations, Laplante dressed in buckskins and a feathered headdress and traveled throughout the American West, narrowly escaping exposure and arrest each time he left town. When the heat became too much, he embarked upon a lucrative continent-hopping tour that attracted even more enormous crowds, his cons growing in proportion to the adulation of his audience. As he moved through Europe, he spied his biggest mark on the Riviera: a prodigiously rich Hungarian countess, who was instantly smitten with the con man. The countess bankrolled a lavish trip through Italy that made Laplante a darling of the Mussolini regime and a worldwide celebrity, soaring to unimaginable heights on the wings of his lies. But then, at the pinnacle of his improbable success, Laplante’s overreaching threatened to destroy him....In King Con, Paul Willetts brings this previously untold story to life in all its surprising absurdity, showing us how our tremendous capacity for belief and our longstanding obsession with celebrity can make fools of us all - and proving that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ray Porter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006327/bk_rand_006327_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is the fascinating story of music. How it started with a song and became one of our most beloved arts. Learn how early composers added modal rhythm to religious chants and turned them into something greater. Discover how the printing press standardized music and helped it spread across the globe. Witness the birth of musical theater, opera, and classical music and the explosion of popular freeform music such as rhapsodies and preludes. See how 20th- and 21st-century composers created a wealth of music and left their mark on music forever. Watch the birth of Jazz and Blues in the deep south of America. Experience the explosion of Rock n´ Roll in America and Europe and its evolution into Punk, Electric, Metal, New Wave, and more. Hear English, Scottish, and Irish folk songs and ballads transform into Country and Western Music. Examine the beginnings of electronic music and watch it spread across the globe. Meet the international superstars that created Pop Music. History of Music: From Prehistoric Sounds to Classical Music, Jazz, Rock Music, Pop Music, and Electronic Music is a quick dip into our relationship with sound and movement through time. You´ll learn how music and songs grew from humble beginnings into an art that enriches, entertains, and relaxes us. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chuck Shelby. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/099459/bk_acx0_099459_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Simon Cliffe from the BAPLA Academy meets with David Redfern to discuss his life and works. We discover the memories behind the pictures and the kit that was used to create his iconic images. David Redfern’s career began in the twilight jazz clubs of 1960s London. He risked his one and only camera amongst the jiving teenage crowds. The British Trad boom was under way. His first published photos featured Kenny Ball, Chris Barber, George Melly, and the old Marquee Club. David began photographing TV Shows like Ready Steady Go and Thank Your Lucky Stars, which were shot during the day. Here he made many of his now classic shots of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Dusty Springfield. Nights were spent at the 100 Club, Ronnie Scott´s or the Marquee, where he captured on film all the jazz greats, from Miles Davis to Ella Fitzgerald. These pictures were to contribute to what is now the most comprehensive jazz collection in Europe. To break into the commercial world by chasing the big American names, David became a regular visitor to the jazz festivals in Newport, Antibes, and Montreux, and the big rock festivals, photographing such greats as Hendrix and Dylan. The BAPLA Academy is brought to you by the industry that knows photography and knows how to sell photographs. BAPLA (The British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies) is a trade association that represents the interests of hundreds of businesses. Some you may have heard of include Getty Images, PA Images, Reuters, Corbis, and Magnum. We also have cultural heritage members including the TATE, the National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum, and the V&A. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Cliffe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/crte/000067/bk_crte_000067_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This short story is set in Europe before the start of World War Two, Jillian tours the clubs as a jazz singer to put a little adventure into her life. She gets more than she bargains for when she does a little favor for the girl who has her eye. She winds up running for her life and discovering a calling that gives her a purpose in life that is bigger than herself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Allyson Voller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/069656/bk_acx0_069656_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
After months of successful work in Europe, musician Evan Horne returns to settle in the San Francisco Bay area, where he makes inroads into the jazz scene.Life is good until he gets a phone call from a Los Angeles attorney. Evan´s old friend and former mentor, pianist Calvin Hughes, has died and left Evan all of his possessions.Sorting through Hughes´s belongings in Los Angeles, Horne finds a cryptic note, a mysterious photo, and handwritten sheet music of songs from the landmark Miles Davis recordings ´´Birth of the Cool´´ and ´´Kind of Blue´´. Was Hughes the real composer? And what was his relationship with Evan´s mother? A whirlwind journey ensues, taking Evan across the country to find answers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Grover Gardner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/002611/bk_blak_002611_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, Jeffrey C. Stewart offers the definitive biography of the father of the Harlem Renaissance, based on the extant primary sources of his life and on interviews with those who knew him personally. He narrates the education of Locke, including his becoming the first African American Rhodes Scholar and earning a PhD in philosophy at Harvard University, and his long career as a professor at Howard University. Locke also received a cosmopolitan, aesthetic education through his travels in continental Europe, where he came to appreciate the beauty of art and experienced a freedom unknown to him in the United States. And yet he became most closely associated with the flowering of black culture in Jazz Age America and his promotion of the literary and artistic work of African Americans as the quintessential creations of American modernism. In the process he looked to Africa to find the proud and beautiful roots of the race. Shifting the discussion of race from politics and economics to the arts, he helped establish the idea that black urban communities could be crucibles of creativity. Stewart explores both Locke´s professional and private life, including his relationships with his mother, his friends, and his white patrons, as well as his lifelong search for love as a gay man. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Andrew Quinn. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/015785/bk_tant_015785_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
You cannot come to Lisbon without exploring Alfama - the city´s oldest district. You will enjoy simply getting lost on its labyrinthine streets and alleys, with architecture ranging from late medieval to 19th century buildings. The area is old and slightly run down, although renovation efforts have been undertaken in the past two decades. There is a wealth of small historical and cultural landmarks and pleasant restaurants, cafés, and Fado clubs can be found all over the place. Highlights include the Castle of São Jorge, Santa Luzia scenic view point, and the medieval Lisbon Cathedral. Take a walk in the lush gardens of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, one of Europe´s most respected cultural institutions. Check out the Gulbenkian Museum (which is also an architectural landmark in itself) and its classical art collection and the newer Gulbenkian Modern Art Museum and the concert hall with a continuously ongoing program of classical, jazz, and world music. During the summer, concerts are held in the Gulbenkian gardens´ open-air theater.Enjoy this travel guide as you venture through Lisbon! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Floyd. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/102040/bk_acx0_102040_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A stunning atmospheric novel in the great tradition of Death on the Nile and Patricia Highsmith - tells of a young girl´s journey on a cruise liner from England to a new life on the brink of the Second World War. England, September 1939: Lily Shepherd boards a cruise liner for a new life in Australia and is plunged into a world of cocktails, jazz and glamorous friends. But as the sun beats down, poisonous secrets begin to surface. Suddenly Lily finds herself trapped with nowhere to go.... Australia, six-weeks later: The world is at war, the cruise liner docks, and a beautiful young woman is escorted onto dry land in handcuffs. What has she done? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Katherine Manners. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002677/bk_rhuk_002677_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.