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Jazz on My Mind: Liner Notes, Anecdotes and Conversations from the 1940s to the 2000s Paperback – Illustrated, April 18, 2016

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“a critical and essential addition to any jazz fan’s illuminating and educational read...a welcome addition to any jazz lover’s bookshelf as there is truly something here for everyone”―ARSC Journal; “Jazz On My Mind is a delightful and substantial addition to jazz commentary, full of the vivid anecdotes and insightful, accessible analysis of the late Dr. Herb Wong, a lifelong enthusiast and acclaimed educator who came to work with and know the musical heroes he depicts here. With exemplary assistance from Paul Fingerote, longtime marketing and public relations director of the Monterey Jazz Festival, Dr. Wong selected and shaped his memories and his earlier writings into a volume that stands tall among those concerning composers and performers of the second half of the 20th century whose sounds will ring forever.”―Howard Mandel, president of the Jazz Journalists Association; “Offers readers a delightful curated vision of America's music genre.... Reading Wong’s liner-note prose is a pure joy. His enthusiasm will send you to the record store, and his encyclopedic knowledge will inform your listening. You can read the book from cover to cover, and you'll be tempted to do just that. But it is also perfect for causal reading, and as a reference if you're listening to the music. If you’re unfamiliar with jazz music and want a starter’s guide, I cannot imagine a better book. This is truly fun to read, a time capsule into another era and even another version of English that you simply won’t read or find anywhere else.”―Rick Kleffel, KQED, NPR Contributor; Editor,

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A DJ at radio station KJAZ for 30 years, the late Herb Wong was a jazz producer, writer, and a pioneer in jazz education.

Paul Simeon Fingerote has worked as a writer and creative director with major ad agencies world-wide. He was marketing director of the Monterey Jazz Festival for more than 30 years. He is an on-air host for NPR radio station 90.3 / KAZU in Monterey, California.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ McFarland; Illustrated edition (April 18, 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 248 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0786496401
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0786496402
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 18 years and up
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 14.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7 x 0.5 x 10 inches
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Paul Simeon Fingerote is a veteran marketing and advertising professional with a 40-year international ad agency career. He is a professional speaker and has successfully presented his popular Hands-On Marketing Workshop for over 20 years.

Fulfilling two life-long ambitions, Fingerote is an on-air host for National Public Radio's Monterey affiliate, 90.3/KAZU; and he is the co-author of "Jazz on My Mind," written in collaboration with the late Dr. Herb Wong.

In the advertising world, Fingerote worked his way up the corporate ladder and around the globe as a copywriter and creative director for major ad agencies in Toronto, Canada; Sydney, Australia; and London, England. On his return to the United States, Fingerote opened his own ad agency in Monterey, California, the area's first full service marketing, advertising and public relations agency.

In 1984, Fingerote decided to teach marketing and advertising. He created, developed and successfully presented his Hands-On Marketing Workshop to hundreds of businesses, associations, chambers of commerce, convention and visitor bureaus and individuals for the next 20 years.

In 1981, when his ad agency acquired the account, Fingerote became Public Relations Director of the Monterey Jazz Festival. He retained that title and then joined the world-renowned event as full-time Marketing Director in 2005.

After serving the festival for 30+ years, Fingerote fulfilled a life-long dream of "being on the radio" with an on-air position as host on National Public Radio's Monterey affiliate, 90.3/KAZU.

Fulfilling another life-long ambition, Fingerote wrote his first book, "Jazz on My Mind," which was published by McFarland in 2016, co-authored in collaboration with his life-long friend and colleague, Dr. Herb Wong.

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