RAATJ_lReading and All That Jazz

The Hamilton Lane Library presents the 21st 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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2017 Summer Book Reviews

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

Tuesday, June 6, Noon
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics
By Daniel Brown
Reviewer: Lori Rehm

The inspirational story of a dedicated coach, a talented boat maker and the unlikely group of nine who made up the University of Washington rowing team. Reading like a novel, the author tracks the team’s hard work and victories as, against all odds, they find themselves in Berlin, ready to compete against the world’s best rowers.

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Tuesday, June 20, Noon
Pachinko
By Min Jin Lee
Reviewer: Mary Kay Fischer

 

This much anticipated novel follows a family of Korean immigrants living in Japan over four generations as they sacrifice and face prejudice against their efforts to establish a home and a place in the world. An Amazon 2017 Best Book.

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No Book Review on Tuesday, July 4

Tuesday, July 18, Noon
A Gentleman in Moscow
By Amor Towles
Reviewer: Al Wiebe

 

A beautifully written novel spanning 30 years of Soviet history during the tumultuous 20th century, set within the storied, luxurious Metropole Hotel. Count Rostov, once a frequent honored guest, is jailed there now by the Bolsheviks for the remainder of his life but as a servant, living in an attic room. He risks everything if he leaves the hotel.

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Tuesday, August 1, Noon
The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World’s Most Creative Places
By Eric Weiner
Reviewer: Henry Cepluch

The author uses this intellectual travelogue to identify a link between our surroundings and creative genius. Witty, humorous and very readable, the author targets such locales as Ancient Athens, Renaissance Florence, Freud’s Vienna and Silicon Valley, as well as other lesser-known creative “hotspots” to study his premise.

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Tuesday, August 15, Noon
Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta
By Richard Grant
Reviewer: Joan Witt

This winner of the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize lays bare the contradictions of life in the Mississippi delta country. With humor and flair the author records the triumphs, idiosyncrasies and challenges of life and culture in this chigger-rich region. An American riff on A Year in Provence.

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Tuesday, August 29, Noon
Break in Case of Emergency: A Novel
By Jessica Winter
Reviewer: Marion Thoms

 

Elle.com writes of this book: “…cutting commentary on workplace toxicity and how its tendrils can strangle relationships. Winter uses humor to illuminate the state of modern work, family and friendship.”  Elegantly plotted with a roster of complex characters, the main character’s triumphs and challenges will resonate with many readers today.

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2017 Summer Jazz Music

Jazz Performances

Tuesday, June 13,  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.

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Tuesday, June 27, 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 11, 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 25, 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, August 8,  Noon
Lagniappe
Keyboard, trumpet, trombone, bass, clarinet, guitar, vocals

In Cajun vernacular, lagniappe means “a little something extra” so be prepared to enjoy something extra as this well-known, ever popular Cincinnati band offers up a variety of snappy Cajun-Zydeco tunes, NOLA tradjazz, blues and Gypsy swing.

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Tuesday, August 22, 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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The Lane Libraries will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 30 at 9:00 a.m. Telephone and Internet service at Hamilton is unavailable Sunday, May 28 due to a fiber outage. Please call 858-3238 for assistance.