BIRTH OF THE BLUES:As a child, Jeff Lambert (Bing Crosby) hangs out in New Orleans' Basin Street, playing hot swing on his clarinet instead of the classics his father prefers. He's Inspired by an African-American group there and some years later, at the turn of the century, sets out to form a jazz band of his own. With cornetist Memphis (Brian Donlevy), singer Betty Lou Cobb (Mary Martin) and trombonist Jack Teagarden (Of the Original Dixieland Jazz Group, after which the story is patterned), he's on his way.A veritable history of jazz follows. From jump and jive to sweet romanticism, half a century of popular hits is given spectacular treatment. By the Light of the Silvery Moon is sung in a theatre with lantern slides on the screen. Singer Ruby Elzy's St. Louis Blues is backed by a chorus of eighty. And Wait Till The Sun Shines, Nellie brings Crosby and Martin together in a knockout duet.BLUE SKIES:For what Fred Astaire Had announced would be his last film, no expense was spared. This musical extravaganza boasts 30 Irving Berlin songs, 47 sets, sumptuous costumes, and a budget of $3,000,000. The result is sensational. (And, fortunately, Astaire did not retire from films!)Dancing star Jed Potter (Astaire) and singer/nightclub owner Johnny Adams (Bing Crosby) are both in love with songstress Mary' O'Hara (Joan Caulfield). She marries Johnny, but his passion for buying and selling nightclubs drives them apart. So Jed steps in, hoping to win Mary's heart - until fate steps in and changes the lives of all three. The most outstanding number is Astaire's famous Puttin' on the Ritz , a split-screen gem with a chorus of miniature Astaires tap-dancing behind him. Designed by Astaire, it took five weeks of back-breaking physical work to achieve. Other highlights find Astaire and Crosby as A Couple of Song and Dance Men, and Crosby crooning a wealth of Berlin tunes, including the Oscar nominated You Keep Coming Back Like A Song. With its superb stars and sparkling numbers, Blue Skies is one of the all-time great musicals!
Lost in the mists of the Romney Marsh, Angela Marchmont stumbles upon the body of a woman whose face has been disfigured - presumably to prevent recognition. Who is she, and what was she doing out there in the middle of nowhere? The search for answers will take Angela from a grand stately home to London's most fashionable - and disreputable - nightclub, and into a murky world of illegal drinking, jazz music, and lost souls. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elizabeth Klett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/091035/bk_acx0_091035_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Want total chaos? Mix ghosts, with a sexy werewolf, a crazy monkey, and a totally lost reaper! Jazz Sweeney has just inherited a mortuary, which would be so bad, except she has also inherited the ghosts that go with it. Life suddenly changes for Jazz when she receives an inheritance from her long lost grandfather. She bids farewell to her job at Happy Days Burgers and sets out to convert Blackwell Rest into a nightclub. But she has a few surprises coming her way. It would seem that her estranged grandfather's accidental death, might not have been an accident. If this isn't bad enough, old man Blackwell's pet monkey now needs a home, and the ghosts that come along with her inheritance, need a new psychic detective to help them with all their unfinished business, which usually involves murder. And then things get worse! A murder victim is discovered in the cemetery, and he just happens to be a member of the biker club known as the Death Dogs. To complicate matters, Jazz may have been a witness to the murder, kind of. Brock Logan, the leader of the Death Dogs, has taken an interest in her, which opens up a whole new can of worms. He's one hot bad boy, and exactly the kind of guy she doesn't need in her life. Caught in the middle of a biker war and a murder investigation, Jazz begins to think that working at Happy Days Burgers might not have been such a bad deal. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susan Eichhorn Young. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/052934/bk_acx0_052934_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is a-one-of-a-kind-work of art, featuring more than 50 years of original music - from jazz to classical - 49 great musicians from the past and the present. This audiobook triggers the intellect, rejuvenates the imagination, and invigorates the spirit. The words and music are of one mind - words, music, and narration by Cullen Knight. Marvelous (Marv) the master of illusion, has transformed the "Chris Cross Club" into an urban utopia. Philadelphia nightclub owner, jazz singer/songwriter and acclaimed artist and sculptor Christine Cross is larger-than-Life. Chris adamantly refuses to accept the loss of her husband - missing in action and presumed dead. Joey's plane disappeared over North Vietnam in 1973. Christine fights to keep her love alive and to maintain her sanity. Denial and persistence take charge! Stability, actuality, and universal laws go out the window. Chris ends-up, here in reality and there in an alternate reality simultaneously - squarely in both worlds. Will love die or live? Once is not enough - you will revisit love! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cullen Knight. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/079590/bk_acx0_079590_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Revealing the warm and astonishing story of an influential jazz legend, this personal narrative tells the story of a man’s journey from a Southern upbringing to a career touring the world to play for adoring fans. It tells how James Brown first discovered the Parker brothers—Melvin, the drummer, and Maceo on sax—in a band at a small North Carolina nightclub in 1963. Brown hired them both, but it was Maceo’s signature style that helped define Brown’s brand of funk, and the phrase “Maceo, I want you to blow!” became part of the lexicon of black music. A riveting story of musical education with frank and revelatory insights about George Clinton and others, this definitive autobiography arrives just in time to celebrate the 70th birthday of the author—one of the funkiest musicians alive—and will be enjoyed by jazz and funk aficionados alike. This audiobook, narrated by Maceo Parker himself, brings his story to life as he tells us his story, in his words and his own voice. It is an incredible tale of his ‘Life in Music’. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Maceo Parker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/crte/000167/bk_crte_000167_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For readers who loved Blue Like Jazz, comes inspiration and advice from Survivor contestant and Christian speaker Austin CartyFiguring out who you want to be in life is never easy. In High Points and Lows, Austin Carty traces his own stumbling journey toward adulthood and true faith, drawing on lessons from pop culture and Christianity. In these funny and moving essays that address questions on faith, goals, and vocation, Carty offers an uplifting message for religious and secular audiences alike.By turns amusing and endearing, Carty's essays explore everything from misguided evangelicals who treat salvation as a cottage industry to the real danger of cheating in school-everyone will think you're brilliant and then you've got a real problem. Whether he is failing miserably at his first real job as a nightclub gofer, explaining how Saved by the Bell has ruined our youth, or struggling to come to terms with the death of a beloved friend, Carty demonstrates how finding the courage to be ourselves is the best way to forge a genuine connection with friends, family, and God. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Austin Carty. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/oasi/000659/bk_oasi_000659_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
WINNER OF THE TELEGRAPH SPORTS BOOK AWARD FOR GENERAL OUTSTANDING SPORTS WRITING A captivating account of the Nazi Olympics - told through the voices and stories of those who were there. 'Compelling, suspenseful and beautifully done' Anna Funder, author of STASILANDFor sixteen days in the summer of 1936, the world's attention turned to the German capital as it hosted the Olympic Games. Seen through the eyes of a cast of characters - Nazi leaders and foreign diplomats, athletes and journalists, nightclub owners and jazz musicians - Berlin 1936 plunges us into the high tension of this unfolding scene. Alongside the drama in the Olympic Stadium - from the triumph of Jesse Owens to the scandal when an American tourist breaks through the security and manages to kiss Hitler - Oliver Hilmes takes us behind the scenes and into the lives of ordinary Berliners: the woman with a dark secret who steps in front of a train, the transsexual waiting for the Gestapo's knock on the door, and the Jewish boy hoping that Germany may lose in the sporting arena. During the sporting events the dictatorship was partially put on hold; here then, is a last glimpse of the vibrant and diverse life in Berlin in the 1920s and 30s that the Nazis aimed to destroy. LONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2018