Paulie Horvath is never going to be a good student like his brother, John, never going to follow his hardworking father into the plumbing trade, never going to ease his mother´s mind by passing tests or cleaning up his room. But once he hears jazz by accident from the basement of a speakeasy, he knows exactly what he will do: learn that music and make it his life. Jazz is all around in gangland Chicago, but not so easy for a 12-year-old to find, especially when his father disapproves of it. Paulie has to lie, beg, and steal just to get time for lessons, time to practice, time to slip across town to see stars like King Oliver and Louis Armstrong. Lies last only so long until they are found out, and a confrontation is coming. Will he choose home and family or sleazy dives with that wonderful music? To decide, Paulie has to face an even tougher question. What is jazz, after all? Author James Lincoln Collier has played and studied jazz throughout his life. Here is a novel that shows us a great moment in the history of jazz, and points at issues that still trouble us today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: August Ross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbca/001273/bk_bbca_001273_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is the incredible story of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra and the remarkable interplay between music and medicine. You may have read about the Longwood Symphony Orchestra (LSO) in the paper or heard them on your favorite radio station. But the LSO is not just any orchestra. It began in 1982 with a group of talented Boston-area physicians, medical students, and health-care professionals and has since flourished under the leadership of violinist Dr. Lisa Wong, who became president of the LSO in 1991. The orchestra is now a proud, extraordinary group of musicians with fans around the globe. In Scales to Scalpels, Dr. Wong and Robert Viagas chronicle how the musical acumen of these physicians affects the way they administer healing and, in turn, how their work affects their music. What cognitive and emotional shifts occur when a surgeon transitions from the chaos of the ER to the discipline of the orchestra rehearsal studio? What is it like to make a house call to a poor neighborhood in the morning and then play trumpet in a jazz group that night? Does music heal doctors the way the doctors heal their patients? How does practicing the art of music transform the art of practicing medicine? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Barrett, Suzanne Toren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013863/bk_adbl_013863_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The definitive account of Louis Armstrong - his life and legacy - during the most creative period of his career. Nearly 100 years after bursting onto Chicago’s music scene under the tutelage of Joe ´´King´´ Oliver, Louis Armstrong is recognized as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. A trumpet virtuoso, seductive crooner, and consummate entertainer, Armstrong laid the foundation for the future of jazz with his stylistic innovations, but his story would be incomplete without examining how he struggled in a society seething with brutally racist ideologies, laws, and practices. Thomas Brothers picks up where he left off with the acclaimed Louis Armstrong´s New Orleans, following the story of the great jazz musician into his most creatively fertile years in the 1920s and early 1930s, when Armstrong created not one but two modern musical styles. Brothers wields his own tremendous skill in making the connections between history and music accessible to everyone as Armstrong shucks and jives. Through Brothers´s expert ears and eyes we meet an Armstrong whose quickness and sureness, so evident in his performances, served him well in his encounters with racism while his music soared across the airwaves into homes all over America. Louis Armstrong, Master of Modernism blends cultural history, musical scholarship, and personal accounts from Armstrong´s contemporaries to reveal his enduring contributions to jazz and popular music at a time when he and his bandmates couldn’t count on food or even a friendly face on their travels across the country. Thomas Brothers combines an intimate knowledge of Armstrong´s life with the boldness to examine his place in such a racially charged landscape. In vivid prose, Brothers illuminates the life and work of the man many consider to be the greatest American musician of the 20th century. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andy Caploe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/017893/bk_adbl_017893_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Spain, 1939: Following the wishes of her parents to keep her safe during the war, a young girl, Julia, enters a convent in Barcelona. Looking for a way to maintain her links to the outside world, she volunteers to help in a maternity clinic. But worrying adoption practices in the clinic force Sister Julia to decide how far she will go to help those placed in her care. England, 2011: Six months after her parents´ shocking death, 34-year-old journalist and jazz enthusiast Ruby Rae has finally found the strength to pack away their possessions and sell the family home. But as she does so, she unearths a devastating secret her parents, Vivien and Tom, had kept from her all her life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sandra Duncan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/qpuk/000129/bk_qpuk_000129_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In Cate Campbell´s sumptuously detailed, pause-resistant series, set in 1920s Seattle, the once-secure lifestyle of the wealthy Benedict family - and their household staff - must contend with the radical, roaring Jazz Age. For generations, the Benedicts have been one of Seattle´s most distinguished families, residing in the splendid Queen Anne mansion known as Benedict Hall amid a host of loyal servants. But the dawn of the 1920s and the aftermath of the Great War have brought dramatic social conflict. Never has this been more apparent than when daughter Margot´s thoroughly modern young cousin, Allison, comes to stay. But Margot is also shocking many of Seattle´s genteel citizens, and her engineer beau, by advocating birth control in her medical practice. For amid a tangle of blackmail, manipulation, and old enmities, the Benedicts stand to lose more than money - they may forfeit the very position and reputation that is their only tether to a rapidly changing world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Polly Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/016633/bk_adbl_016633_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The harmonica is an awesome choice for anyone who wants to learn a musical instrument. It is easy to learn and can fit into a variety of musical styles and genres. In an easy-to-understand style, this audiobook provides interesting facts about the harmonica, a list of important terms, the parts of the harmonica, and other relevant information. It also provides practice exercises, suggested tunes, and instruction on many of the basic and advanced fundamentals.From this audiobook, you will learn:The influence of the harmonica on all music genresA primer on harmonica jargonHow to choose the right harmonicaChromatic harmonica vs. diatonic harmonicaThe basic how-to needed to play the harmonica, including the proper hand position, mouth position, and breathing techniquesThe location of music notes on both chromatic and diatonic harmonicasAdvanced techniques to manipulate notes and improvise a musical selectionCreating riffs and licksNote tabulation to play a variety of popular tunesTips and suggestions on how to make the most of a musical practice sessionThe harmonica is an easy-to-play instrument. It is a life-long skill that has enjoyed acceptance by some of the most renowned musicians in the world. You can also play it at family gatherings, community events, as well as in blues and jazz clubs. Research has shown that learning to play a musical instrument has tremendous benefits for a person’s mental, emotional, and physical health. The harmonica is especially helpful in strengthening breathing. But, mostly, playing the harmonica is fun and rewarding. Whether you are a beginner or someone who is looking to learn something new, picking up a harmonica is a great way to broaden your musical knowledge. Let this audiobook be your first step toward accomplishing this goal. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Derik Hendrickson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/142172/bk_acx0_142172_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A member of the world-renowned Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School introduces the powerful next-generation approach to negotiation. For many years, two approaches to negotiation have prevailed: the ´´win-win´´ method exemplified in Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher, William Ury, and Bruce Patton; and the hard-bargaining style of Herb Cohen´s You Can Negotiate Anything. Now award-winning Harvard Business School professor Michael Wheeler provides a dynamic alternative to one-size-fits-all strategies that don´t match real world realities. The Art of Negotiation shows how master negotiators thrive in the face of chaos and uncertainty. They don´t trap themselves with rigid plans. Instead they understand negotiation as a process of exploration that demands ongoing learning, adapting, and influencing. Their agility enables them to reach agreement when others would be stalemated. Michael Wheeler illuminates the improvisational nature of negotiation, drawing on his own research and his work with Program on Negotiation colleagues. He explains how the best practices of diplomats such as George J. Mitchell, dealmaker Bruce Wasserstein, and Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub apply to everyday transactions like selling a house, buying a car, or landing a new contract. Wheeler also draws lessons on agility and creativity from fields like jazz, sports, theater, and even military science. For more information, visit the author´s website at www.michaelwheeler.com. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Cummings. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/005425/bk_brll_005425_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Real musicians don’t sign autographs, date models, or fly in private jets. They spend their lives in practice rooms and basement clubs or toiling in the obscurity of coffee-shop gigs, casino jobs, and the European festival circuit. The 10 linked stories in Power Ballads are devoted to this unheard virtuoso: the working musician. From the wings of sold-out arenas to hip-hop studios to polka bars, these stories are born out of a nocturnal world where music is often simply work, but also where it can, in rare moments, become a source of grace and transcendence, speaking about the things we never seem to say to one another. A skilled but snobby jazz drummer joins a costumed heavy metal band to pay his rent. A country singer tries to turn her brutal past into a successful career. A vengeful rock critic reenters the life of an emerging singer-songwriter, bent on wreaking havoc. The characters in Power Ballads - aging head-bangers, jobbers, techno DJs, groupies, and the occasional rock star (and those who have to live with them) - need music to survive, yet find themselves lost when the last note is played, the lights go up, and it’s time to return to regular life. By turns melancholy and hilarious, Power Ballads is not only a deeply felt look at the lives of musicians but also an exploration of the secret music that plays inside us all. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brandon Massey, Meaghan Sullivan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013165/bk_adbl_013165_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is an audiobook for beginners who wish to learn the clarinet. I would like to say that it is a companion audiobook to go along with the lessons on DVD and YouTube. The YouTube channel is called Jazz Clarinet Learn to Play, and the two DVDs are called Clarinet Lessons for Beginners and Clarinet Lessons for Beginners to Intermediate by Howard Mack. To start off with, my teacher in high school used to say, ´´All endeavors in life are 10 percent inspiration, 90 percent perspiration.´´ With that said, you may have just joined a music program and picked the clarinet as your instrument or you always wanted to learn to play the clarinet. If so, then you´ve come to the right place. In this audiobook, you will discover how easy it is to play the instrument of your choice and how good you´ll get after a short period of time. It´s important to get the right start, and through continued practice, you will achieve your goal of playing the clarinet well. Things you will discover along the way is that in the first year or two, you will learn the basics that will last a lifetime of playing your clarinet. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Howard Mack. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/141438/bk_acx0_141438_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.