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  • The Jazz Palace
  • Mary Morris
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  • 10 April 2018
  • 9780385539739

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Free download ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF æ Mary Morris The Jazz Palace Summary Ï 108 E to carry on the family business But Benny Lehrman has no interest in making hats His true passion is piano especially jazzAt night he sneaks down to the South Side slipping into predominantly black clubs to hear jazz groups play Along the way he meets a black trumpeter a man named Napoleon who becomes Benny’s close friend and musical collaborator Their adventures together take Benny far from the life he knew as a delivery boy Pearl Chimbrova recognizes their talent and invites them to start playing. It s Chicago and it s 1915 and Mary Morris brings you there There is so much going on in this book but then there was so much going on in Chicago in 1915 You can hear the music from the street and teenaged Benny can t stop moving his fingers as if everything he touched was a pianoThe Eastland Disaster the passenger boat that tipped with the loss of hundreds of lives sets the stage for this novel and introduces us to a few of the characters whose lives we ll follow Benny and Pearl meet on this fateful day and the story of two immigrant Jewish families begins to unfoldIt s about these two families but it is also about unexpected friendships hopes and dreams loss of loved ones racial prejudice the mob and of course the music that jass these were the things that defined these timesBlack musicians moved north because the racial prejudice in the south but musicians like Napoleon Hill feel owned by the mob making them feel not free punishing them for playing music at another club There are people we have heard of Al Capone Louis Armstrong Rudolph Valentino but the real story is about these two families these musicians and Chicago The writing is so good that we come to know these people and this place as if we lived there at that time Thanks to Doubleday Books and NetGalley

Free download ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF æ Mary Morris

The Jazz Palace

Free download ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF æ Mary Morris The Jazz Palace Summary Ï 108 At her family’s saloon which Napoleon dubs The Jazz Palace Even as the novel charts the story of its characters it also tells the tale of the city where they live It is a world of gangsters musicians and clubs in which black musicians are no freer than they were before the Civil War white youths head down to the South Side to “slum” and Al Capone and Louis Armstrong become legends As The Jazz Palace steams through the 1920s Benny Pearl and Napoleon forge a bond that is as memorable as it is lasti. As a Chicagoan I m naturally attracted to my city s rich and diverse history and this portrait of Chicago at the turn of the 20th century promised to enticeIndeed Mary Morris a native of Chicago herself sparkles when she turns her lens onto Chicago The novel begins with the tragic sinking of the steamship Eastland so close to shore killing 844 Western Electric employees and setting a fortuitous fiction meeting into motion Benny Lehrman a Jewish jazz player and Pearl Chimbrova who lost three brothers that dayIt s obvious that this author has done her homework and it s fun to read about the nigthclubs Slim Betty The Charleston the Lincoln Gardens the Red Rooster and Jazz Palace a listening kind of place with a gambling room off to the side Famous Chicago personages most notably Alphonse Al Capone make appearances and there are references to Leopold and Loeb Louis Armstrong and others who have long been a famous or in some cases infamous part of Chicago s tapestryThe sense of time and place is worth the read Mary Morris gets so much right the Chicago geography and grittiness the personages the ambiance of crumbling plaster and mildew of cat piss and back alley trash of stale popcorn and spilled ginger ale and most of all the sounds of a bygone era Less successful is the fictional story Much of it is derivative Napoleon Hill a black jazz trumpeter whose actions are often too predictable for readers and the aforementioned Benny with his head in the clouds who is compelled to leave his life as a delivery boy and sit in with the jazz group players We learn about the mob ownership of the speak easies and the musicians It s just like slavery says Nathaniel I m not free The history is all woven in prohibition mob rule machine guns the stock market crash coinciding with the rise and fall of live time jazz That s the true driver of this novel and it s done so well that I wish it had been enough for me This is a 375 star

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Free download ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF æ Mary Morris The Jazz Palace Summary Ï 108 Acclaimed author Mary Morris returns to her Chicago roots in this sweeping novel that brilliantly captures the dynamic atmosphere and the dazzling music of the Jazz AgeIn the midst of boomtown Chicago two Jewish families have suffered terrible blows The Lehrmans who run a small hat factory lost their beloved son Harold in a blizzard The Chimbrovas who run a saloon lost three of their boys on the SS Eastland when it sank in 1915 Each family holds out hope that one of their remaining children will ris. WowFull disclosure I am married to the author But don t let that stop you from reading on The Jazz Palace is the kind of novel that grabs you by the shirt collar or flapper dress fringe from the opening page and never lets go Reads like a dream keeping all nightmares at bay until the final page is turned and the book is placed gently down on the nightstand Oh and do yourself a favor Buy a physical book as they say in publishing It is so amazingly beautiful you ll want to have this object on a coffee table all year long