Novelist Mark Salzman and remembering jazz trombonist J.J. Johnson on this edition of Fresh Air. Mark Salzman is the author of the new novel, Lying Awake, about a cloistered nun who discovers that her spiritual visions may be induced by epilepsy. The book explores the connection between neurological disorders and mysticism. Salzman is also the author of the novel The Soloist, and a memoir, Lost in Place. He is also a cellist. J.J. Johnson, a pioneer of the modern jazz trombone, died an apparent suicide at age 77. Johnson was considered the definitive trombonist of the bebop generation. He played with the Count Basie Orchestra, Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Wood Herman, and Miles Davis, often balancing that with leading his own band. Later in life, Johnson moved to Hollywood to work as a composer and arranger for television. (Broadcast Dates: February 7, 2001 and December 14, 1987) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/010207/rt_whyy_010207_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Guitarist Robbie Robertson and bandleader and pianist Eddi Palmieri on this edition of Fresh Air. The 1978 film The Last Waltz is playing in theaters again, and will be released on DVD May 7. Also, a 4-CD box set of the music from The Last Waltz is available. Martin Scorsese directed the documentary about The Band´s last performance. Fresh Air listens back to interviews with two members of The Band. (Audible customers please note: Drummer Levon Helm did not grant rights to his interview. We apologize for the incovenience.) Robbie Robertson was a guitarist and songwriter for The Band until their breakup in 1976. Since then, he has put out solo albums and done film soundtracks for Scorsese. Through Eddi Palmieri´s first band, La Perfecta, labeled ´´the band with the crazy roaring elephants,´´ Palmieri was credited with originating Latin jazz´s trombone sound in New York during the ´60s. In 1994, Palmieri´s lobbying culminated in the announcement of a new Grammy Award category for Afro-Carribean Jazz. ´´I proposed the category to give proper distinction to that segment of jazz music based on rhythmical elements and instrumentation of Africa, as opposed to jazz which developed from blues, gospel and other expressions of African-Americans.´´ His new recording is La Perfecta II. (Original Broadcast Dates: October 18, 1994 and June 20, 1994) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/020419/rt_whyy_020419_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A legendary figure in Latin jazz and author of Mi Vida Saxual, Paquito D´Rivera pens the adventures of Pucho Escalante, an energetic Cuban trombone player. Such characters as Ernest Hemingway, Celia Cruz, Olga Guillot, and even Superman appear in this story, set in the city of Havana, Cuba. 1. Spanish. Raul Duran. http://samples.audible.de/bk/rbal/000034/bk_rbal_000034_sample.mp3.
Meet acclaimed jazz musician Glenn Miller. Born in Nebraska, Miller earned enough money to buy his first trombone by milking cows and was touring as soon as he graduated high school. He influenced many famous musicians, including Louis Armstrong. He became known for many hit songs including ´´Chattanooga Cho Choo´´ and ´´In the Mood´´. This inspirational audio story is a must-have for any Glenn Miller fan. Be inspired by this amazing story as it comes alive through BioViews®, a short biographical story, similar to an interview. These inspirational audios from Amazing People Worldwide® provide a new way of learning about amazing people who made major contributions and changed our world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/crpr/000096/bk_crpr_000096_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For fans of the Netflix series The Crown and from the author of the New York Times bestseller 17 Carnations comes a captivating biography of Wallis Simpson, the notorious woman for whom Edward VIII gave up the throne. ´´You have no idea how hard it is to live out a great romance.´´ -Wallis Simpson Everyone has heard of Wallis Simpson, the woman for whom Edward VIII so infamously abdicated his throne and birthright. But although her life has constantly been the subject of much fascination, gossip, and speculation, her whole story has yet to be told. Now historical biographer Andrew Morton uses diary entries, letters, and other never-before-seen records to offer a fresh portrait of Wallis Simpson in all her vibrancy and brazenness as she climbed the social ladder, transforming from a hard-nosed gold digger to charming chatelaine. Morton takes us through the cacophonous Jazz Age, a period of casual sex, cocaine, and screeching trombones; Wallis´s romantic adventures in Washington and friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt; her exploits in China and beyond; to her entrance into the strange wonderland that is London Society. During her journey, we meet an extraordinary array of characters, many of whom smoothed the way for her dalliance with the king of England, Edward VIII, and we gain insights into the personality and motivations of a complex, domineering woman striving to determine her own fate in a harsh, turbulent world. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Molly Parker Myers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/003669/bk_hach_003669_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the variety hour, Joe Bevilacqua performs his own jazz compositions, accompanied by Paul Salomone on piano, Edward Fuqua on bass, Leif Eric on guitar, and Jim Mason on drums. In addition, Joe Bev performs Daws Butler´s ´´Magic Drums´´ with Joe Gatto on drums, and sings Cab Calloway and Irving Mills´ ´´Minnie the Moocher´´ as his Camp Waterlogg character Sgt. Lefty and the Chipmunks, featuring Julian Baker on trombone and keyboard. The selections are gleaned from Bevilacqua´s hundreds of hours of audio work that spans more than 40 years, including ´´The Withering of Willoughby and the Professor´´, ´´Uncle Dunkle and Donnie´´, and ´´Camp Waterlogg´´, including: ´´Do I Dare Believe´´, ´´I´m Big, You´re Small´´, ´´You Can´t Tell Me What to Do´´ (instrumental), ´´You Can´t Tell Me What to Do´´ (vocal), ´´Make the Earth Say Beans´´, ´´What You See, You Must Believe´´, ´´The Magic Drums´´, ´´Living in a Witchway´´ (rehearsal), ´´Living in a Witchway (vocal)´´, ´´Living in a Witchway´´ (instrumental), ´´Minnie the Moocher,´´ ´´Mosquito Mother´´, ´´Dances-with-Sven´´, ´´Which Way is it that a Witchway Goes´´ (instrumental), ´´Which Way is it that a Witchway Goes´´ (vocal), and ´´Ring-Around-the-Rosey Blues´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lorie Kellogg. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/009372/bk_blak_009372_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.