Hear a Jazz Memoir at Magers & Quinn

Philip S. Bryant will read from Stompin’ at the Grand Terrace: A Jazz Memoir in Verse at Magers & Quinn Booksellers on Saturday, May 23, at 6:00pm.

Digging deep into the grooves of their monumental record collections, Bryant chronicles the rise and evolution of jazz from its roots in gospel and blues through big band and bebop to the outermost limits of avant-garde gone wild. At the same time, he conjures in stark yet sublime prose the lives of James, Preston, and their neighbors along the hard edges of the South Side in the 1950s and ’60s, when African-Americans tasted and endured the bitter brew of segregation, discrimination, and despair amid civil upheaval.