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.
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.
Here is the fascinating story of the Edison Phonograph Company and its ´´Hill and Dale´´ vertical recording process, illustrated by musical examples from vintage recordings of legendary jazz band, The California Ramblers (which included famed trumpeter Red Nichols and other jazz greats)! This is the behind-the-scenes story of the invention, development and commercial promotion of the phonograph by Thomas Alva Edison, the ´´Genius of Menlo Park.´´ When tinfoil recording cylinders were replaced by flat disks, Edison pioneered a unique ´´vertical´´ recording process that produced a fidelity unmatched in its day. Unfortunately, manufacturing costs rendered it impractical and by the 1920´s nearly all other companies were successfully using a different process. Edison´s stubborn insistence on sticking with ´´verticals´´ nearly to the end eventually put the company out of business. Nevertheless, historians and critics agree that the Edison phonograph and disks provided the listener with the finest acoustic sound recordings of their time.Listen to the story of this forgotten moment in recording and Jazz history as told by audiophile Bill Mills and demonstrated by five carefully selected examples, from the Audio Archive, of Edison´s unique process. These ultra-rare recordings open a window on the birth of Jazz as captured during its formative years and feature great arrangements with exciting improvised solos performed by a band of the hottest musicians of the era, The California Ramblers. Compare their performances of ´´Keep Smiling At Trouble,´´ ´´Clementine,´´ ´´The Stockholm Stomp,´´ ´´Along Came Sweetness,´´ and their sweetly suggestive version of ´´Tiptoe Through The Tulips´´ to the quality of other early Jazz recordings and you will understand why Edison championed his process to the bitter end! If you love history or Jazz or just a good audiobook, here is a must have chronicle of a genius inventor, a past generation and a lost technology, researche 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Mills. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rebb/000011/bk_rebb_000011_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Poppy and Jazz have been best friends since the first week of uni. Whenever these two get together, trouble isn´t far away - and things haven´t changed much. When Jazz gets herself into financial trouble, Poppy, being a good friend, offers to help. Instead, she ends up being talked into swapping lives, with Jazz insisting it will be good and will help her get over her broken heart. Poppy is thrown into a new life full of crazy housemates: there´s fitness freak Izzy, horrendously beautiful bitch Grace, and the slightly gorgeous, if not incredibly grumpy, Ryan. Quickly, with the help of Jazz, her life is thrown upside down. Madness ensues, and her need to please everyone gets her in more trouble than she could ever imagine. Before she knows it, she´s got a fake boyfriend and is hiding so many secrets that she´s scared they´ll spill out at any minute. With a bullying boss, a sex-crazed colleague, a mental mother, and three brothers -each with their own dramas - life has gotten pretty difficult for Poppy. And all of this would be much easier if she could just stop falling over. Will she get her life back to normal before her brother´s upcoming wedding? And will she want to? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elisa Hilton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/038342/bk_acx0_038342_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Will it be wedding bells or funeral bells?Trouble is brewing in Eastwood. Jazz can’t help but wonder if the bride that haunts Bridal Falls might be behind the strange deaths of two men, both of which were about to walk down the aisle. When Lyndy is left standing at the altar, and her groom is nowhere to be found, the disappearing groom drama gets personal.And then things take a really bad turn. Brock is falsely accused of murder, but the police don’t stop there. Now they think Lyndy might have killed her husband to be. Sir Edward is acting very strange. He stays in his room for hours on end. Lucy is sure her brother is up to no good. Jazz just hopes it’s something harmless and not another game show addiction. Oh, and then there’s the stalker.Someone has been leaving flowers at Jazz’s front door, but is her secret admirer among the living or one, of the dearly departed?It’s all just another day in the life of a reaper. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robin Assouad. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/130336/bk_acx0_130336_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Eddie Piron thinks that performing in jazz clubs in Nazi-occupied Paris is bad enough, but when the drummer in his band is found face down in the Seine and the police start asking questions, he realizes that his trouble is just beginning. Paris, 1941. American jazz musician Eddie Piron has lived in the City of Light since before the war began. But Paris under occupation is not what it once was, and things are looking a lot darker for a man like Eddie. The great jazz artists of the day, like Django Reinhardt, are lying low or being swept away under the racial policies of the Nazis. But the SS has a paradoxical taste for the ´´Negermusik,´´ and their favorite gathering place is La Caverne Negre, where Eddie leads the band. One night the drummer for ´´Eddie et Ses Anges´´ disappears. When his body is found in the Seine the next day, Eddie becomes entangled in the murder investigation. He soon himself in the clutches of a mercenary intelligence broker who discovers why Eddie Piron is really in Paris - and what he´s really hiding. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Kenerly. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/006873/bk_blak_006873_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Baker´s Keyboard Lounge, Detroit´s hotspot for jazz - it´s there that Sam runs into his childhood friend, Johnny Delbeck, and Johnny´s got a problem. A little over three months ago, Johnny and his wife, Grace, took in her niece. Myrna Lou Stevic had been nothing but trouble for her mother, Grace´s sister, and her stepfather. Grace thinks she can turn the girl´s behavior around by getting her into a new school and getting her involved in the church youth group. One Monday in April, the seventeen year old was sitting on the porch of the Delbeck´s Dearborn home one minute, and in the next, she was gone. Did she just walk away on her own - something she´s done in the past - or did something more sinister occur? This is what Johnny hires Sam to find out. Five days before Easter 1943, Sam tries to ensure her presence for the holiday. But when he starts asking questions, the picture others paint of this girl isn´t pretty, and it´s obvious there are few who really like her. The Detroit private detective wants to solve Johnny´s problem - and he wants the ending to be a good one. Can he find the girl and return her to the home in Dearborn, safe and sound? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gary Regal. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/012106/bk_acx0_012106_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Presenting Evan Tanner - the first series character created by Lawrence Block, best-selling author of A Walk Among the Tombstones.... Ever since a shred of shrapnel did a number on his brain´s sleep center, Even Tanner has been awake 24/7. This gives him more time than your average underachiever. Time to learn the world´s languages (he´s fluent in Basque, but has trouble with Chinese). Time to embrace the world´s lost causes and irredentist movements (The Flat Earth Society, the League for the Restoration of Cilician Armenia, the Society of the Left Hand). Time to write term papers theses for students with more money than knowledge. And, most important, time to do his dreaming while he´s wide awake. When his girlfriend, T´pani ´´Tuppence´´ Ngawa, disappears on a jazz tour of Thailand, Tanner flies to Bangkok, slips his CIA escort, and rushes to the rescue-only to wind up caged by bandits, who plan to behead him at daybreak. He enlists a young and sexually inexperienced Thai, Dhang, with the promise that he´ll get him laid. Their escape route ultimately leads to North Vietnam-and, eventually, into the DMZ. Oh, you don´t really expect a summary of a Tanner adventure to make sense, do you? It´s a wild ride, partly by bullock cart, and no one but Tanner could bring it off.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Theo Holland. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/097586/bk_acx0_097586_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How can a real estate appraiser in a New Jersey beach town get in this much trouble? If your name translates to ´´pretty nice´´ in French, you´ve probably gotten used to being teased. That doesn´t prepare you for finding out that your soon-to-be-ex-husband has a gambling problem, raided your assets, and embezzled from his bank. Jolie Gentil moves to Great Aunt Madge´s bed and breakfast at the Jersey shore, taking her cat, Jazz, and joining Madge´s pair of prune-eating dogs. Jolie does not view this as a retreat, just a smart change. She had no idea her life was about to get even more complicated. Jolie is reestablishing friendships with Scoobie and Ramona, dodging low-level wise guy Pedone, and (oops!) finding a dead body. The late Ruth Riordan is Aunt Madge´s closest friend and mother to Michael, a former arrogant classmate who can still push all of Jolie´s buttons. Jolie and Aunt Madge seem to be the only ones who think the police are wrong in accusing him of his mother´s murder. Soon, the mundane work of appraising real estate and dodging suggestions that she go to the 10-year high school reunion becomes mixed with calls from reporters, scary suggestions from Pedone who wants her to repay her ex-husband´s gambling debts, and requests that she help the local busybody with First Presbyterian´s social services work. And there´s still Scoobie, the high school friend she hung out with most. With his blue jeans and longer hair, he´s the antithesis of oil company executive Michael, and much easier to be with. His haunting poetry reflects how different his life has been since Jolie knew him. Jolie must balance her fear of Pedone, conviction that Michael is innocent, and friendship with Scoobie. Her growing list of other possible murder suspects includes Michael´s soon-to-be ex-wife and a couple other beneficiaries of Mrs. Riordan´s will. Those suspicions don´t include Scoobie, but he makes it to the police department´s list. Jolie tries various ways t 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paula Faye Leinweber. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/005740/bk_acx0_005740_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.