Black Love Notes

by Denis Gray



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/25/2014

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 382
ISBN : 9781491740941
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 382
ISBN : 9781491740934
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 382
ISBN : 9781491740958

About the Book

Modecai Jefferson is a young, dynamic 1940s jazz musician who carries his piano on his back, hears music every second of the day, and enjoys playing for his lover and biggest fan in Way City, Alabama—Delores Bonet. To Modecai, he and Delores are like black love notes on a musical page. But all of that is about to change the day he hears a recording of up-and-coming Harlem jazz trumpeter, Bunny Greensleeves. If he wants to make a name for himself, Modecai needs to find a way out of Alabama and to the jazz capital of the world.
Bunny, who is driven to overcome his impoverished Mississippi upbringing, desperately wants fame, fortune, and power. Meanwhile after Dolores’s ex-con boyfriend returns and threatens Modecai’s life, he heads for New York sooner than expected. After Modecai eventually meets up with Bunny, the two musicians struggle to overcome the obstacles in a city where success is marginal and failure is predicted—all while attempting to leave their mark with their dynamic talent and inventive jazz compositions. Now only time will tell if they will ever achieve all their dreams.
Black Love Notes chronicles the journey of two young jazz musicians as they strive for fame and fortune amid a 1940s Harlem where hurt and regrets, crooked deals, and murder lurk in the shadows.

About the Author

Denis Gray is the author of Hard Ground, A Bigger Prize, Teardrop, Della’s Deed, Lucky, and Benny’s Last Blast. He lives in New York City with his wife, Barbara.

Charles Lilly created the cover image. He has illustrated many book covers, children’s books, magazine articles, advertising promotions, and movie posters in addition to having been an instructor at the school of Visual Arts 17 of his 41-year career. He’s been an artist living in New York City, as his 33 year old son Elliot now carries the legacy forward in Dallas, Texas as a video game illustrator.