Jasbir, aka Jazz, has always been a stellar student and an obedient, albeit wise-cracking, daughter. Everything has gone along just fine - she has good friends in the ´´genius´´ program she´s been in since kindergarten, her teachers and principal adore her, and her parents dote on her. But now, in her junior year of high school, her mother hears that Jazz was seen hugging a boy on the street and goes ballistic.Mom immediately implements the ´´Guided Dating Plan´´, which includes setting up blind dates with ´´suitable,´´ prescreened Indian candidates. The boy her mother sets her up with, however, is not at all what anyone expects; and the new boy at school, the very UNsuitable hottie, is the one who sets Jazz´s blood boiling.When Jazz makes a few out-of-the-ordinary decisions, everything explodes, and she realizes she´ll need a lot more than her genius education to get out of the huge mess she´s in. Can Jazz find a way to follow her own heart and still stay in the good graces of her parents? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Victoria Villarreal. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/149781/bk_acx0_149781_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Journalist Philip Hilts and jazz record label owner Bob Koester on this edition of Fresh Air. Hilts is a longtime correspondent on health and science policy for The New York Times. In his new book Protecting America´s Health: the FDA, Business, and One Hundred Years of Regulation he chronicles the history of the Food and Drug Administration from its start in the administration of Teddy Roosevelt. Previously Hilts broke the now-famous story of the Brown and Williamson tobacco industry papers, and is the author of Smoke Screen: The Truth Behind the Tobacco Industry Cover-Up. Koester is the founder and owner of the Chicago-based jazz and blues label Delmark, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Artists Junior Wells, Little Walter, Big Joe Williams, and Coleman Hawkings have all recorded on the label. (Broadcast Date: April 30, 2003) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/030430/rt_whyy_030430_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
San Francisco jazz pianist Evan Horne takes a gig in Los Angeles, where he’s offered his most unusual job yet. Movie megastar Ryan Stiles hires Evan to teach him to look like he’s playing piano for an upcoming role. Evan stays at Stiles’ lush Malibu home for the tutoring, but things suddenly go wrong for the arrogant, spoiled star. Stiles’ adversarial relationship with the paparazzi explodes when a photographer is killed. Was it an accident, or is Stiles himself a suspect? Evan wants out, but Stiles’ manager entices him to stay by dangling the opportunity to score the film. Stiles is cleared, but when the film begins, another mysterious death occurs, and somebody is blackmailing the star. With help from his FBI girlfriend, Andie Lawrence, and Lieutenant Danny Cooper, Evan launches his own investigation to help clear Stiles. But now, to further complicate things, a serial killer has escaped from prison - and it’s Gillian Sims, Evan’s old nemesis. About the author: Bill Moody is a mystery author and professional jazz drummer who has toured and recorded with Maynard Ferguson, Junior Mance, Jon Hendricks, and Lou Rawls. He lives in northern California, where he hosts a weekly jazz show, and is the author of a dozen short stories in various collections and several Evan Horne mystery novels. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gary Dikeos. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/005233/bk_blak_005233_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This audio edition of Swing by New York Times best-selling author Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess (Solo) combines Kwame Alexander’s narration with jazz music flourishes to tell a lyrical story about hope, courage, and love that will speak to anyone who’s struggled to find their voice. And the surprise ending shines a spotlight on the issues related to our current social divide, challenging perspectives and inspiring everyone to make their voice heard.When America is not so beautiful, or right, or just, it can be hard to know what to do. Best friends Walt and Noah decide to use their voices to grow more good in the world, but first they’ve got to find cool.Walt is convinced junior year is their year, and he has a plan to help them woo the girls of their dreams and become amazing athletes. Never mind that he and Noah failed to make the high school baseball team yet again, and Noah’s love interest since third grade, Sam, has him firmly in the friend zone. Noah soon finds himself navigating the worlds of jazz, batting cages, the strange advice of Walt’s Dairy Queen-employed cousin, as well as Walt’s ´´Hug Life” mentality. Status quo seems inevitable until Noah stumbles on a stash of old love letters. Each page contains the words he’s always wanted to say to Sam, and he begins secretly creating artwork using the lines that speak his heart. But when his private artwork becomes public, Noah has a decision to make: continue his life in the dugout and possibly lose the girl forever, or take a swing and finally speak out?At the same time, numerous American flags are being left around town. While some think it’s a harmless prank and others see it as a form of peaceful protest, Noah can’t shake the feeling something bigger is happening to his community. Especially after he witnesses events that hint divides and prejudices run deeper than he realized.As the personal and social tensions increase ar 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kwame Alexander. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/zond/002960/bk_zond_002960_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Playing cops was just a game until the bullets were real.The gravy train hasn’t stopped in the hollers of western Virginia for more than 30 years when Stony Shelor starts his junior year at Jubal Early High. Class divides and racism are still the hardened norms as the Eisenhower years draw to a close. Violence lies coiled under the calm surface, ready to strike at any time.On the high school front, the cool boys are taking their wardrobe and music cues from hip TV private dick Peter Gunn, and Dobie Gillis is teaching them how to hit on pretty girls. There’s no help for Stony on the horizon, though. Mary Lou Martin is the girl of his dreams, and she hardly knows Stony exists. In addition, Stony can’t seem to stay out of juvenile court and just may end up in reform school. A long, difficult year stretches out in front of him when a new boy arrives in town. Likable bullshit artist Jack Newcomb dresses like Peter Gunn, uses moves like Dobie Gillis, and plays pretty good jazz clarinet.Jack draws Stony into his fantasy of being a private detective, and the two boys start hanging around the county sheriff’s office. Accepted as sources of amusement and free labor, the aspiring gumshoes land their first case after the district attorney’s house is burglarized. Later, the boys hatch an ingenious scheme to help the deputies raid an illegal speakeasy and brothel. All the intrigue feels like fun and games to Jack and Stony until a gunfight with a hillbilly boy almost gets them killed. The stakes rise even higher when the boys find themselves facing off against the Ku Klux Klan. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Carley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/139352/bk_acx0_139352_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.