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Blue Songs in an Open Key Paperback – August 7, 2018

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"These are powerful stories with appeal to more than just jazz aficionados." Mark Levine, Booklist


"Blue Songs in an Open Key is a collection that I know I'll keep re-reading, exploring, and referring to in the future. Check out this book yourself--these stories, like good jazz, are really cool." -Eileen Murphy, Cultural Weekly

"The 13 short stories in this poignant collection weave jazz and emotion in a blue key. The author captures loss and longing with a musician's dissonance, a painter's navy hues, a poet's despair, but hope as light through a cloud breaks through too. Perfectly representative is the heartbreaking story of a young woman whose father deserts the family but gifts her with his love of jazz. There is a wistfulness at heart to which every sentient being can relate.

"Arya's Acknowledgements sum up the feeling tone of her beautiful book: "Jazz, hard bop in particular, is an experiment, a leaning over the edge of time with sound. Thanks to the artists who ventured to do this with music and who inspired this collection.'"

- Char Jones, Book blogger with more than 5000 followers all over the world; Goodreads and Amazon reviewer with more than 500 book reviews published; jazz lover.

Blue Songs in an Open Key is a collection that I know I'll keep re-reading, exploring, and referring to in the future. Check out this book--these stories, like good jazz, are really cool. - Eileen Murphy, Cultural Weekly

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"These are powerful stories with appeal to more than just jazz aficionados." Mark Levine, Booklist

"Ms. Jenkins is a major contributor to the world of jazz music. Her prose weaves many of the compelling characteristics of jazz--its spontaneous beauty, its poetic inspiration, its political essence, its cultural complexity--into an inventive fabric that so effectively envelops her reader in stories of love, loss, enlightenment, and hope. The authenticity of her writing lives duly within the aesthetic of the great American art form she reveres." Joe Maita, Founder and Publisher of Jerry Jazz Musician 
                                     
"These stories of disenfranchised jazz musicians, music aficionados and fans rollick on the page. Jenkins has brilliantly crafted 13 stories that center on the theme of jazz, but at their hearts, these stories are about connection. A gentle giant no one seems to love. A musician trying to rebuild his life after alcoholism. A young woman who loves her father but gains his love for music. These characters are improvising their own beat in a 4/4 world." CL Bledsoe, author of Man of Clay and The Funny Thing About...

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  • Paperback : 220 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1944388605
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1944388607
  • Product Dimensions : 5 x 0.55 x 8 inches
  • Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
  • Publisher : Fomite (August 7, 2018)
  • Language: : English
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