Monday, May 1, 2017

BOOK REVIEW Emily Anne (Baby) Teegarten and The Jazz Age


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Nineteen twenties--the Jazz Age. 

The deep south, New Orleans, speakeasies, prostitutes, gangsters, the people who make jazz what it is and thirteen-year-old Emily Anne (Baby) Teegarten jazz singer wanna-be-no, gonna be.




Emily Anne knows all the jazz in the repertoire by heart and wants desperately to go to New York City to sing in its clubs and make a name for herself. Before she gets there, though, she has to pay her dues (as do all musicians). Some dues are higher priced than others.


Follow Emily Anne with her deep southern dialect, the friends who helped her, who sacrificed for her, who took advantage of her and who saved her life when the time came.
Who exactly is Emily Anne? I do know she's first and foremost a teenager and jazz singer with a voice that will throw church ladies into tears and speakeasy customers into doing things highly illegal. Fortunately she has family and friends who do their best to keep her on the straight and narrow.

I highly recommend this book for it's unique qualities, it's depth of research during the jazz age and that lifestyle, and a little girl who grows up much too fast. I think Emily Anne creates a lot of trouble for herself, but I can't judge her because I don't come from the 1920's or the jazz scene. As a musician, though, I can relate.

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