[members-announce] Growing Up With Jazz

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Sat Feb 26 17:24:23 EST 2005

New Book Available from Oxford University Press, Two Upcoming Book signings 
in DC Area 

W. Royal Stokes is scheduled for two Washington-area book signings for his 
Growing Up With Jazz: Twenty-Four Musicians Talk About Their Lives and 
Careers, which sees publication in March. It is his third collection of jazz 
profiles for Oxford University Press. 

On Saturday March 5 at 7pm Stokes will be at the new Borders in downtown 
Silver Spring (the Wayne Avenue Parking Garage provides access to the 
shopping strip on Ellsworth where the store is located). A combo led by 
multi-reed player Leigh Pilzer, the Friends of Pam Bricker Band, will perform 
after Stokes reads and takes questions. 

On Saturday April 2 Stokes will read from his book at Politics and Prose 
Bookstore at 6 pm. The store is at 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW at the corner 
of Nebraska Avenue (there is a parking lot off Nebraska behind the store). 
Saxophonist and flutist Carol Sudhalter will come down from New York to 
perform at this signing. She will be accompanied by pianist Larry Eanet. 

Growing Up With Jazz contains a profile of Carol Sudhalter. The others 
profiled in the book are saxophonists George Botts, Claire Daly, John Firmin, 
Howard Johnson, and Britisher Ray Gelato; clarinetists Don Byron and Evan 
Christopher; singers Jane Monheit, René Marie, Lisa Sokolov, Nora York, 
Netherlands-based Oklahoma native Shaunette Hildabrand, and the late Pam 
Bricker; pianists Billy Taylor, Armen Donelian, Patrizia Scascitelli, René 
van Helsdingen, and Uri Caine; bassist Leonard Gaskin; drummer Art Blakey; 
guitarist Monnette Sudler; Indonesian violinist Luluk Purwanto; and Umbria 
Jazz festival producer Carlo Pagnotta.  

W. Royal Stokes has been observing the jazz, blues, and popular music worlds 
for more than six decades. He was editor of Jazz Notes (the quarterly journal 
of the Jazz Journalists Association) from 1992 to 2001 and is a contributor 
to the annual Down Beat Critics Poll. He has been editor of JazzTimes  and 
the Washington Post's jazz critic and is author of The Jazz Scene: An 
Informal History from New Orleans to 1990, Swing Era New York: The Jazz 
Photographs of Charles Peterson, and Living the Jazz Life: Conversations with 
Forty Musicians about Their Careers in Jazz. 


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