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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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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

Read "Jazz Night At The Oceanic Brew Pub, Oceanside, California, Part 1: I've Got A Crush On You" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


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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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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