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.
In this sequel to his acclaimed novel Portofino, Frank Schaeffer´s memorable young narrator, Calvin Becker, returns in a story that is a coming-of-age gem. It is 1966, and Calvin is 14, torn between his naturally volcanic sexual curiosity and a fundamentalist family so strict that he has never seen a movie, watched television, or danced. But at the Hotel Riffelberg, a supposed safe haven from the sinners listening to jazz far below in Zermatt, Calvin nevertheless falls into the hands of Eva, a young waitress who begins Calvin´s initiation. Even so, it is only after his mother catches him in the act, or so she thinks, that Calvin´s real education begins. The resulting family meltdown builds to a climax destined to push Calvin´s childhood into the past. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lloyd James. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/000631/bk_blak_000631_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Level: easy / intermediateFormat: English / French / GermanArranger/Editor: Thomas StevensThis book is a supplement to the original James Stamp Warm-Ups and Studies (Editions Bim, Switzerland), and all of James Stamp’s concepts and instructions presented in the original volume should apply to these studies as if they were included in this book. The Stamp Warm-up No.6 from the original book (page 10) constitutes the main body of these studies (II, 1-6, pages 18-35). In his studio teaching, James Stamp had his advanced students play No.6 in the natural minor, harmonic minor, ´´jazz” melodic minor, whole-tone, and diminished scales, versions of which are included in this volume.The philosophy of the Supplemental Studies, to which James Stamp agreed many years ago, was to fill in some of the blank pages of his legacy, to wit: to show his advanced scale exercises and some of his pedagogical ´´roots.” One cannot do this without mentioning Max Schlossberg (1873-1936), whom many consider to be the father of the American school of trumpet playing, and who had a great influence on James Stamp’s work.James Stamp was a student of professor Schlossberg, and he used, especially during his formative years as a teacher, some of Schlossberg’s original unpublished materials in his work. Schlossberg’s concepts also greatly influenced the development of the now world-famous original published Stamp materials (Editions Bim).The Supplemental Studies include four preparatory scale exercises (I, page 8-16) and five attack-air flow studies (III, page 36-39) used by James Stamp, both sets of which have their origins in the concepts of Max Schlossberg and the members of the so-called Schlossberg School.Thomas Stevens