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Article: Jazz Fiction

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            ...

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Article: Jazz Fiction

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 ...

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Jazz Night At the Oceanic Brew Pub, Oceanside, California, Part Two: I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You

Read "Jazz Night At the Oceanic Brew Pub, Oceanside, California, Part Two: I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Juanita Diaz-Johnson haunted the house piano at the Oceanic Brew Pub. The baby grand had been hers, when she was alive. But when she passed in December 2020, at age 79, another victim of the Coronavirus, her older daughter Evangeline penciled the piano in for a spot at the estate sale. But Rafaela, Juanita's younger daughter, ...

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Jazz Night At The Oceanic Brew Pub, Oceanside, California, Part 1: I've Got A Crush On You

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Nobody seemed to know how the python got into the piano. Or if anybody did know, they weren't talking. But the how of it didn't matter; this is what happened on that Jazz Night at the Oceanic, February 27, 2021. The Oceanic Brew Pub seats sixty, but the current Covid-19 restrictions limit the house ...

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News: Book / Magazine

Mark Ruffin Celebrates 40th Anniversary In Radio Broadcasting With The September 1st Publication Of "Bebop Fairy Tales," His First Short Story Collection

Mark Ruffin Celebrates 40th Anniversary In Radio Broadcasting With The September 1st Publication Of "Bebop Fairy Tales," His First Short Story Collection

Mark Ruffin , known coast-to-coast as the afternoon drivetime DJ for SiriusXM’s Real Jazz channel, celebrates his 40th anniversary in jazz radio in on September 1, 2020. Ruffin, who is also the program director for Real Jazz, began his first professional job in the business—at Chicago NPR affiliate WBEZ-FM—on September 1, 1980. In the time since, ...

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Article: Jazz Fiction

Carolina Shout and Whisper

Read "Carolina Shout and Whisper" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Edward Fox was introduced as the pianist in saxophonist Cory Dextrose's quartet in the short story Last Song for Valentine. This is his own story. The thudding sound on the floor was followed by a piercing voice Edward Fox knew all too well. “Stop that damn noise, will you!" Old Mr. Grayson had taken ...

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Last Song for Valentine Part 4-4: My Funny Valentine

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 The first thing Cory heard when he stumbled into Café Picasso was the familiar voice of his drummer, Pearl, getting into an argument with two other musicians. They were all laughing loudly, but he could tell by the tone that it was also ...

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Last Song for Valentine Part 3-4: Blue in Green

Read "Last Song for Valentine Part 3-4: Blue in Green" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 When Cory came home to his apartment, he could see lights shining in many of the windows. He felt good knowing that he was not the only one awake, and as he walked up the stairs, he heard people pacing, a baby crying ...

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Last Song for Valentine Part 2-4: New York is Full of Lonely People

Read "Last Song for Valentine Part 2-4: New York is Full of Lonely People" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 It was late in the evening when Cory left the club. As always, he quickly became exhausted when he left the stage. It was not playing that was difficult. He was comfortable in his own skin on stage and often felt a real ...

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Article: Jazz Fiction

Last Song for Valentine, Part 1-4: Dancing in the Dark

Read "Last Song for Valentine, Part 1-4: Dancing in the Dark" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 It was at the end of the second set when Cory realized that he couldn't play. Nothing had really changed. He looked across the room in Jan's Supper Club and saw the same familiar faces and some new ones too. Valentine wasn't there. ...


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