Oscar by Mauricio Segura, translated by Donald Winkler

Going into this book I knew who Oscar Peterson was, where he came from, and what kind of music he played. I'm not a big jazz fan, but it's hard not to admire the way he plays the piano. However, I didn't know anything else about his life, so I am glad to have had … Continue reading Oscar by Mauricio Segura, translated by Donald Winkler

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Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

Half-Blood Blues tells the story of a group of jazz musicians, called the Hot-time Swingers, and their time on the jazz scene in Berlin and Paris in the late 1930s.  While in Paris, the young up-and-coming trumpet star, Hieronymus Falk, gets taken by the Nazis and is presumed dead.  50 years later, Sid relives the events that take … Continue reading Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan