RAATJ_lReading and All That Jazz

The Hamilton Lane Library presents the 22nd annual Reading & All That Jazz summer program. This series of alternating weekly Jazz performances and book reviews will entertain you all summer long on Tuesdays at noon, June through August. Special thanks to the Friends of the Lane Libraries for their support of this series.

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2018 Summer Book Reviews

Brown Bag Book Reviews
Bring your lunch or enjoy light refreshments provided by the Friends of the Lane Libraries.

Tuesday, June 12, Noon
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
By: David Grann

Reviewer: Lori Rehm

Identified as one of the best true crime historical accounts written in recent years, Grann succinctly shines light on the lawlessness and greed of frontier life in early 20th century Oklahoma where the Osage Indians, herded onto undesirable land, were then brutally treated and manipulated once oil was discovered there.

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Tuesday, June 26, Noon
The Plague of Doves, LaRose & Future Home of the Living God
By: Louise Erdrich

Reviewer: Mary Kay Fischer

Erdrich is one of the most significant Native American writers today. She is masterful at combining the power of tradition, nature and our biological roots with commentary on society and injustice. Her sharply honed characterizations and no-holds-barred prose lay bare the clash of cultures as described in award winners The Plague of Doves (2008), LaRose (2016) and in NYT Notable Book Future Home of the Living God (2017).

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Tuesday, July 10, Noon
Educated
By: Tara Westover

Reviewer: Joan Witt

 

A must-read memoir of Tara Westover, born into an Idaho Survivalist family waiting for the end of the world. Educated haphazardly and often the victim of an abusive brother, through sheer force of will she passes the ACT and is accepted to BYU – a 17 year old who knows little of the outside world. Eventually she receives a doctorate from Cambridge, but time and again she is drawn home until she finds the courage to extricate herself from her dysfunctional and destructive family.

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Tuesday, July 24, Noon
The Paris Wife
By: Paula McClain

Reviewer: Cynthia Kelley

 

Ernest Hemingway and first wife Hadley moved to Paris shortly after their 1921 marriage and were swept up in the glittering, free-loving, fast living lifestyle that was Jazz Age Paris between the wars. Their friends, the writers and artists of the Lost Generation, were a volatile bunch and temptations were everywhere. The Hemingways struggled to save their marriage in this environment. Through Hadley’s words all of this is revealed and then we learn too of a deception that signals the disintegration of that marriage.

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Tuesday, August 7, Noon
They Came For Freedom: The Forgotten, Epic Adventure of the Pilgrims
By: Jay Milbrandt
Reviewer: Henry Cepluch

Reading like a novel, this well-researched story of the Pilgrims, our early immigrant ancestors, highlights their desperate gamble to escape persecution and death in England for a chance at survival in the hostile and unforgiving wilderness of North America where they could practice their religious beliefs. They struggled long and hard just to survive. The turkey and cranberries feasting came much later.

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Tuesday, August 21, Noon
Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady by Susan Quinn & White Houses: A Novel
by Amy Bloom
Reviewer: Marion Thoms

Both of these titles explore the relationship between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok that began in 1932. Confidantes, friends, lovers and advisors for 30 years, they inspired one another to improve their world and affect social change during one of the most critical eras of American history. Quinn’s engaging, well-researched analysis of their relationship should be read in tandem with Bloom’s poignant, fictionalized account of the deep friendship they carefully masked from the public in mid-20th century America.

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2018 Summer Jazz Music

Jazz Performances

Tuesday, June 5,  Noon
The Rob Allgeyer/Eric Sayer Duo

Piano and acoustic bass

The Allgeyer/Sayer Duo has been a fixture on the Cincinnati Jazz scene for well over a decade. Rob and Eric will play a mix of jazz, Brazilian-influenced jazz and some Broadway tunes.

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Tuesday, June 19, Noon
Buffalo Ridge Dixieland Jazz Band
Trumpet, clarinet, trombone, banjo, drums, tuba, piano

The truly awesome Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band is back again to share more traditional Dixieland Jazz from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s.

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Tuesday, July 3, Noon
Frenchaxe

Guitar, drums, accordion, bass and vocals

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Frenchaxe is a melange of original French compositions combined with world rhythms, which in the hands of four accomplished musicians results in a new and exciting multicultural experience. Listen and enjoy!

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Tuesday, July 17, Noon
Ricky Nye
Jazz Piano

Delivering boogie, blues and classic New Orleans jazz, pianist and vocalist Ricky Nye is the organizer of the annual Blues & Boogie Piano Summit. He’s an inductee into the International Boogie Woogie Hall of Fame and has been the recipient of numerous music awards from CityBeat Magazine’s CEA Awards.

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Tuesday, July 31, Noon
Chris Comer Trio
Piano, drums and bass

Chris Comer, jazz pianist and former radio talk show host, leads the Chris Comer Trio in some funky and swinging directions. Join us for a performance that will be truly one-of-a-kind.

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Tuesday, August 14,  Noon
John Bercaw & John Kogge
Piano and guitar

Local favorites John Bercaw and John Kogge will entertain us with “American Songbook” type jazz standards from the 1930s and 1940s.

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Tuesday, August 28,  Noon
Bob Ross Trio
Guitar, drums, bass

The Bob Ross Trio will be performing original songs written by trio leader Ross who describes his music as modern jazz.

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