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The Jazz Palace

Mary Morris

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Acclaimed author Mary Morris returns to her Chicago roots in this sweeping novel that brilliantly captures the dynamic atmosphere and the dazzling music of the Jazz Age. In the midst of boomtown Chicago, two Jewish families have suffered terrible blows. The Lehrmans, who run a small hat factory, lost their beloved son Harold in a blizzard. The Chimbrovas, who run a saloon, lost three of their boys on the SS Eastland when it sank in 1915. Each family holds out hope that one of their remaining children will rise to carry on the family business. But Benny Lehrman has no interest in making hats. His true passion is piano—especially jazz. At night he sneaks down to the South Side, slipping into predominantly black clubs to hear jazz groups play. One night he is called out and asked to "sit in" on a group. His playing is first-rate, and the other musicians are impressed. One of them, the trumpeter, a black man named Napoleon, becomes Benny's close friend and musical collaborator, and their adventures together take Benny far from the life he knew as a delivery boy. Pearl Chimbrova recognizes their talent and invites them to start playing at her family's saloon, which Napoleon dubs "The Jazz Palace." But Napoleon's main gig is at a mob establishment, which doesn't take too kindly to freelancing. And as the '20s come to a close and the bubble of prosperity collapses, Benny, Napoleon, and Pearl must all make hard choices between financial survival and the music theylove.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Michael Early

Length:

10h 3m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:13


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

28:54


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

12:41


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

18:37


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

15:22


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

24:43


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

31:42


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:26


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

21:16


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

20:41


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

14:57


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

20:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

20:12


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

20:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

10:12


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

27:29


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

15:14


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:04


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

21:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

10:12


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

18:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

16:21


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

18:13


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

19:11


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

25:25


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

19:37


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

19:54


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

20:03


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

12:52


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

23:10


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

15:45


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:43


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

13:08


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

27:37


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

00:27