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Jazz Moon

Joe Okonkwo

On a sweltering summer night in 1925, beauties in beaded dresses mingle with hepcats in dapper suits on the streets of Harlem. The air is thick with reefer smoke, and jazz pours out of speakeasy doorways. Ben Charles and his devoted wife, Angeline, are among the locals crammed into a basement club to hear jazz and drink bootleg liquor. For aspiring poet Ben, the swirling, heady rhythms are a revelation. So is Baby Back Johnston, an ambitious trumpet player who flashes a devilish grin and blasts jazz dynamite from his horn. Ben finds himself drawn to the trumpeter-and to Paris, where Baby Back says everything is happening. In Paris, jazz and champagne flow eternally, and blacks are welcomed as exotic celebrities, especially those from Harlem. It's an easy life that quickly leaves Ben adrift and alone, craving solace through anonymous dalliances in the city's decadent underground scene. From chic Parisian cafes to seedy opium dens, his odyssey will bring new love, trials, and heartache, even as echoes from the past urge him to decide where true fulfillment and inspiration lie.

On a sweltering summer night in 1925, beauties in beaded dresses mingle with hepcats in dapper suits on the streets of Harlem. The air is thick with reefer smoke, and jazz pours out of speakeasy doorways. Ben Charles and his devoted wife, Angeline, are among the locals crammed into a basement club to hear jazz and drink bootleg liquor. For aspiring poet Ben, the swirling, heady rhythms are a revelation. So is Baby Back Johnston, an ambitious trumpet player who flashes a devilish grin and blasts jazz dynamite from his horn. Ben finds himself drawn to the trumpeter-and to Paris, where Baby Back says everything is happening. In Paris, jazz and champagne flow eternally, and blacks are welcomed as exotic celebrities, especially those from Harlem. It's an easy life that quickly leaves Ben adrift and alone, craving solace through anonymous dalliances in the city's decadent underground scene. From chic Parisian cafes to seedy opium dens, his odyssey will bring new love, trials, and heartache, even as echoes from the past urge him to decide where true fulfillment and inspiration lie.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

On a sweltering summer night in 1925, beauties in beaded dresses mingle with hepcats in dapper suits on the streets of Harlem. The air is thick with reefer smoke, and jazz pours out of speakeasy doorways. Ben Charles and his devoted wife, Angeline, are among the locals crammed into a basement club to hear jazz and drink bootleg liquor. For aspiring poet Ben, the swirling, heady rhythms are a revelation. So is Baby Back Johnston, an ambitious trumpet player who flashes a devilish grin and blasts jazz dynamite from his horn. Ben finds himself drawn to the trumpeter-and to Paris, where Baby Back says everything is happening. In Paris, jazz and champagne flow eternally, and blacks are welcomed as exotic celebrities, especially those from Harlem. It's an easy life that quickly leaves Ben adrift and alone, craving solace through anonymous dalliances in the city's decadent underground scene. From chic Parisian cafes to seedy opium dens, his odyssey will bring new love, trials, and heartache, even as echoes from the past urge him to decide where true fulfillment and inspiration lie.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Sean Crisden

Length:

10h 24m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

14:07


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:34


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

10:12


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

21:55


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

11:25


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

12:02


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

24:43


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

23:06


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:36


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:19


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

13:43


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:21


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

13:37


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

33:50


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:27


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:15


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

12:44


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:20


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:01


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

16:49


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:28


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

14:41


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

13:47


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:15


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

10:52


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:34


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:46


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

01:20


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:51


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

13:02


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

10:10


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

17:58


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

10:03


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

22:29


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:47


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

15:02


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:14


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

11:29


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

12:18


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:48


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

12:05


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:08


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

11:15


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:01


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:04


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

16:31


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

11:39


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:04


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

13:13


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

10:12


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

11:24


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:50


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

10:07


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:07


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

01:11


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:50


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:28