Jazz Fiction


Vintage 31

Read "Vintage 31" reviewed by Robert Slentz-Kesler

Max marched through the front door and looked at his watch. “Where's Louie?" “We still have ten minutes." I was setting up the music stands. “Yeah, but we need time—" “Maxie! Mad Max! Max the Mad Hatter!" Louie walked in with an extended open palm, his upright bass case strapped to his back. “Hello, Louie." Max shook his hand. Louie looked at me. “Amos the ...


Interruptions On A Christmas Eve

Read "Interruptions On A Christmas Eve" reviewed by Arthur R George

The small restaurant and occasional music bistro was closed for Christmas Eve. Its owner Ernie DiVitale had darkened the room. There was light enough, from the Christmas tree in the corner and spilling in from a lamp over the prep area in the kitchen, to relax with his wife Veronica at a back table over cappuccini and frutti di bosco tortas, ricotta cheese cake with fresh fruit toppings, a special treat in winter. For Ernie and Veronica it ...


Another Story

Read "Another Story" reviewed by Matthew Michael Sweeney

Spencer said, “This is going to make you very angry, but you need to go the bathroom right now and smile into the mirror. Just remember I'm doing this because I love you very much. Don't talk to or look at anybody until you do that." They stood facing each other, Spencer and Diane, very close together, in the sprawling kitchen of her parent's ranch house overlooking the choppy rain and wind-swept waters of Lake Martin. Across the ...


Fly Me To The Moon

Read "Fly Me To The Moon" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The birthday bash went down at my son's house, on the other side of town, for my youngest granddaughter, Sofia. And since her other abuelo was in the backyard cooking chicken taquitos in a makeshift deep fryer, I'd offered to buy the pizzas. I made the phone call, gave them my order. They wouldn't take my credit card info. They said they'd been hacked, their customers' pulled into financial danger, so they'd send in a drone with the pizzas and ...


Turn Out The Stars, Part 1

Read "Turn Out The Stars, Part 1" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Jolene pressed “Enter" to buy her husband Frank a baboon's heart on Amazon, from a lab in jny: Amsterdam. Two days later a guy pulled up to the curb in a white van and ran the purchase up to the front door. Jolene had been tracking it. She was on the porch before the driver was back in his truck. She found the heart inside a small brown box, bubble-wrapped and surrounded by shards of dry ice, ready for transplant. ...


Elvin's Waiting

Read "Elvin's Waiting" reviewed by Michael J. Williams

This article was originally published in Turbula.net in 2004. Behind the Viking Lounge Is there a swimming pool        and a garden where they hold summer fish fries Families living in the building        know and love each other                They have parties year round                        just among themselves    ...


Jazz Night At The Oceanic Brew Pub, Part 3: How You Loved Me On Mars

Read "Jazz Night At The Oceanic Brew Pub, Part 3: How You Loved Me On Mars" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The Oceanic Brew Pub's waitress, Rafaela, told the owner, Roy Leahy, not to hire that dumb ass pianist and his chihuahua again to play on Jazz Night. But Roy ignored her. The place had gotten a lot of publicity out of the duo's previous engagement, when pianist Sinbad Rindowski's howling vocal accompanist chihuahua, Sweetie Pie, damned near got eaten by a python that had set up shop inside the house piano. The snake—at the Rindowski's first touch of the keyboard—lunged ...


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