RAATJ_lReading and All That Jazz 20th Anniversary

The Hamilton Lane Library presents the 20th annual Reading and 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 September. Special thanks to the Friends of the Lane Libraries for their support of this series.

2016 Summer Book Reviews

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

Tuesday, June 7, Noon
Bel Canto
By Ann Patchett
Reviewer: Kathy L. Aurigemma


Patchett’s award-winning novel is loosely based on an actual kidnapping event of the late 1990s. Not a typical action adventure story, the diverse group of hostages and attackers find themselves connecting in unexpected ways through music despite the language barriers and the dangers created by the unstable situation.

Tuesday, June 21, Noon
A God in Ruins
By Kate Atkinson
Reviewer: Mary Kay Fischer


In the companion volume to Life after Life, Atkinson uses the same composition to reveal and explore Teddy Todd’s life experiences before, during and after WWII where he served as a bomber pilot and was also a POW. After going through hell and preparing for death, how does one go on with life?

Tuesday, July 5, Noon
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
By Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik
Reviewer: Joan Witt

Vogue said it best about RBG: “If you admired RBG before, Carmon and Knizhnik will make you fall in love with her, not only as a feminist hero, but as a human being.”

Tuesday, July 19, Noon
A Man Called Ove
By Fredrik Backman
Reviewer: Marion Thoms


Ove, a Boomer curmudgeon, is all about rules and he wants to join his beloved Sonia in the afterlife very soon, but his plans are interrupted when a young, not-so-orderly family moves in next door and other unwelcome crises intrude on his orderly, lonely life.

Tuesday, August 2, Noon
The Road to Little Dribbling
By Bill Bryson
Revier: Al Wiebe


This sequel to Notes from a Small Island is just as funny as the first book. Twenty years after the first trek around his adopted island, Bryson determines to travel Britain once more and discover what has changed and what has not.

Tuesday, August 16, Noon
The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House
By Kate Andersen Brower
Reviewer: Lori Rehm

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to work at the White House, this book is for you.  This is the unique story of what WH life is like behind the scenes for the staff members who support operations at America’s official residence and also serve the first families who live there.

Tuesday, August 30, Noon
How to Be a Tudor
By Ruth Goodman
Reviewer: Henry Cepluch


From the ascendancy of Henry VII through the death of Elizabeth I, this narrative contains a wealth of period detail and is a fascinating look at what it was like to live as a Tudor above and below the salt.

Tuesday, September 13, Noon
Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires behind the Rise of the Radical Right
By Jane Mayer
Reviewer: Frances Fowler-Collins

A closely documented piece of political journalism by an award-winning investigative reporter. The author uses a matter-of-fact, flowing style to describe how a group of ultra-rich plutocrats, which includes the Koch brothers, have used their wealth and influence to reshape American democracy.

Tuesday, September 27, Noon
Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children around the World
By Pope Francis
Reviewer: Pat Ganz

Thirty letters from children to Pope Francis, culled from over 250 submissions. The “People’s Pope” responds to profound and touching questions with respect and honesty and he draws on larger spiritual and social concepts to frame his answers. There are answers here for everyone.

2016 Summer Jazz Music

Jazz Performances

Tuesday, June 14, Noon
Chris Comer Trio
Piano, drums and bass

Chris Comer Trio

This piano based jazz trio is led by pianist and composer, Chris Comer. Chris has played in rock bands and theatrical productions for over 25 years. He formed the jazz trio in 2009.

Tuesday, June 28, Noon
Bobby & Duwayne Cunningham
Guitar and keyboard


The Cunningham brothers will entertain you with the mellow and memorable sounds of traditional blues and jazz.

Tuesday, July 12, Noon
Buffalo Ridge Dixieland Jazz Band
Banjo, trumpet, clarinet, trombone, tuba, drums and vocals


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

Tuesday, July 26, 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 also some Broadway favorites.

Tuesday, August 9, Noon
Ricky Nye
Jazz Piano


This versatile Boogie Woogie Hall of Famer offers up classic New Orleans Jazz, R&B and traditional blues. He’s been inducted into the International Boogie Woogie Hall of Fame, voted Blues Artist for 2013 & 2014 at the Cincy CEA Awards and also voted “Best Local Musician” in their reader’s poll.

Tuesday, August 23, Noon

Guitar, drums, accordion, bass and vocals


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 multi-cultural experience. Listen and enjoy!

Tuesday, September 6, Noon
Jack Doll and Lynne Scott
Keyboard and vocals


Keyboard artist Jack Doll often performs at Cincinnati’s finest jazz hot spots. He is joined by Lynne Scott, well-known, talented vocalist who performs with the James Hart Quartet in the Palm Court Lounge of the Cincinnati Netherland Hilton Hotel.

Tuesday, September 20, Noon
Brent Gallaher


Brent Gallaher is a local favorite in the Cincinnati jazz scene. His style is deeply rooted in the classic tenor saxophonists Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane and Joe Henderson; yet, he adds his own personal, modern approach to the instrument.

The Fairfield Lane Library Drive-Thru will be closed April 21 - 24 for repairs. Items may be returned inside or at the walk-up book drop near the Village Green entrance.