Friday, 7 August 2015

Dreaming of jazz

Jazz on my mind

In dreams

One of the main sources of my work is my dream state. Some times the dreams can be disturbing, as they were when I was writing the award winning Chronicles of Mark Johnson , and its sequel, the disturbing account of a man going through a mental breakdown . 
 My dreams can also be very calming, and romantic as they were when I wrote my last novella - A Sailor's Love - this book took over 15 months to write, during this period I lived, and loved the lives of my characters.

 The story Ghosts of Jazz 
is based around a small jazz venue I used to frequent in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. The club is story is a venue in the style of the old speak easy of the 1920s. A closely packed underground room, with little light, and easily missed if you didn't know where to look. The Cheltenham International Jazz Fextival is the largest of its kind in the UK. On one trip to the festival I had the pleasure of listening to Ornette Coleman. The largest British festival is the Scarborough Jazz Festival, but for family issues I would have seen Stan Tracey and Clare Teal perform there many years ago.

I have another jazz story under way - The Lone sax - is a story about a saxophonist who spends his days playing at a small venue, before finally getting invited to the major festival he dreamed of visiting as an observer, only to miss out on a big chance. What did he miss? Read the story when it comes out, and find the answer.

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