Jazz Baby

Jazz Baby

Beem Weeks / Nov 18, 2019

Jazz Baby While all Mississippi bakes in the scorching summer of a sudden orphanhood casts its icy shadow across Emily Ann Teegarten a pretty young teen Taken in by an aunt bent on ridding herself of thi

  • Title: Jazz Baby
  • Author: Beem Weeks
  • ISBN: 9781936442102
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Paperback
  • While all Mississippi bakes in the scorching summer of 1925, a sudden orphanhood casts its icy shadow across Emily Ann Teegarten, a pretty young teen Taken in by an aunt bent on ridding herself of this unexpected burden, Baby Teegarten plots her escape using the only means at her disposal a voice that makes church ladies cry and angels take notice I m gonna sing jazzWhile all Mississippi bakes in the scorching summer of 1925, a sudden orphanhood casts its icy shadow across Emily Ann Teegarten, a pretty young teen Taken in by an aunt bent on ridding herself of this unexpected burden, Baby Teegarten plots her escape using the only means at her disposal a voice that makes church ladies cry and angels take notice I m gonna sing jazz up to New York City, she brags to anybody who ll listen Cept that Big Apple well, it s an awful long way from that dry patch of earth she used to call home So when the smoky stages of New Orleans speakeasies give a whistle, offering all kinda shortcuts, Emily soon learns it s the whorehouses and drug joints promising to tickle than just a young girl s fancy that can dim a spotlight and knowing the wrong people can snuff it out Jazz Baby just wants to sing not fight to stay alive.

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      • Beem Weeks

        Beem Weeks here I am a writer, blogger, blog talk radio host, Social Media Director for Fresh Ink Group, and reviews coordinator for Rave Reviews Book Club I have written the historical fiction coming of age novel Jazz Baby, which is available at Jazz Baby Beem and Slivers Of Life A Collecetion of Short Stories Slivers Life C I write in many different genres but prefer the coming of age tales since we all go through the various traumas of growing up, no matter the era.My Blog beemweeks.wordpress Website beemweeks


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    1. I recently so effusively praised Beem Weeks’s Jazz Baby historical novel to a group of already-appreciating fans that several challenged me to list five simple reasons I keep it handy for occasional reference and reread. Okay, sure:5) SETTING: The authenticity and vividness of Prohibition-era south from rural Mississippi to the Storyville underbelly of New Orleans is so true and fascinating that I’m grateful for the chance to experience so personally. The world of gangsters and speakeasies a [...]


    2. Lord a-mercy! Shove my head in an ice-box and pour me a cool co-cola because Jazz Baby is hotter and steamier than a Mississippi swamp.I could SMELL the sweat, the booze, the smoke and heat in the sleazy New Orleans speakeasies. I could FEEL those crumbling sidewalks beneath my feet. And the all pervading sense of danger this girl was in sneaked off the page and under my skin.Lock up your sons (and your daughters, too) because Emily Ann Teegarten is running loose and wild with no Mama or Papa to [...]


    3. This is one of the most original, atmospheric and best written novels I have read in a long time. It is the story of a poor white teenager who wants to be a Jazz singer and is set in Mississippi during the time now known as the roaring twenties. The characters are brought beautifully to life, especially Baby as the teenager discovering her sexuality and the ability it gives her to control men, both young and old. She is determined to escape poverty and become a Jazz singer but a mix of character [...]


    4. I don’t know why I let this gem of a book sit on my TBR list for so long.We follow the story of Emily Ann Teegarten, an innocent 13-year old whose dreams of becoming a jazz singer is marred by the ugliness that defined the era. The narrative style is splendid, peppered with rich language and fascinating characters. It’s cinematic in execution and captures the excitement, fear, and the heartbreak while being thrown into the sleazy underbelly of the city.It’s not an easy read because it can [...]


    5. Imagine a coming-of-age protagonist who is a mix of Scout Finch (a few years older) and Holden Caulfield (a few years younger), navigating an adult world of Blue Velvet type characters. Reading Jazz Baby, a distinctly Southern novel by Beem Weeks, one can’t help associate other literary works and films; yet this remarkable novel manages to etch out its own identity.Pubescent and pretty, precocious and impetuous, Emily Ann (Baby) Teegarten is growing up fast in Rayford, Mississippi in the Jazz [...]


    6. Jazz Baby reminds me of the time when I, as a small child, peeled open my very first pomegranate. Hidden beneath the unassuming skin I discovered a treasure of sparkling, edible ruby-red jewels that felt smooth to the tongue and when bitten, burst into a luscious sweetness with a tart, sassy edge. So too with Jazz Baby! In the interest of disclosure I offered to review the novel for author, Beem Weeks, and was forthwith gifted a paperback copy (since I’m an old fogy who hasn’t broken down an [...]


    7. From the first line the character of Emily Ann jumped to life. I was instantly taken into a time and place that I knew little about (excluding what I'd learned in text books), and by the time I turned to the last page I felt as though I'd gone on a one of a kind journey with Emily Ann "Baby" Teengaten leading the way.It amazed me how I could clearly hear that "Southern Miss'ippi twang" leap off of the pages and ring clear in my ears, bright and true.Baby, was in heart and mind the definition of [...]


    8. This is a truly memorable read with a rich and evocative narrative reminiscent of Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor. It is a story of a very strong-willed 13 year-old girl desperate to become a Jazz singer. Emily Ann Teergaten smokes opium, canoodles with boys and girls alike, and somehow manages to survive the threat and menace that surrounds her, as she attempts to make her dream come true and sing in New York City.Tragedy follows Emily at every turn as she spirals towards drug addiction and pr [...]


    9. "Jazz Baby" by Beem Weeks is a very authentic feeling and atmospheric novel set in 1925 New Orleans. The dreams of a young white, talented Jazz singer, are slightly shattered by family tragedies and other obstacles in her way to fame. Story telling from a young voice often has the quality of honesty and rawness that befits the at times bleek or sad character of the book.Weeks captures the colourful and varied aspects of the place and time wonderfully, just as we would imagine it: A young girl's [...]


    10. This book was so descriptive; I really felt the south through and through. The main character, Emily, goes through so much. At times it was difficult to read, the descriptions were so real. I felt it all and that’s what makes this book so good. The attention to detail and history are truly amazing.Emily has talent and tenacity, however she has to grow up way too fast. I felt appalled at times that such things were going on in this poor little girl’s life, but couldn’t put the book down. It [...]


    11. I would bet it’s impossible to read this book without your mind-voice at some point slipping into a Southern accent. The language/tone/regional flavor of this book was my favorite thing about it. The writing is very unique and clever, and the author does an excellent job of using the writing to draw you into this world of the 1920’s Deep South. The story itself is paced well, the plot moves along logically for the most part, and there’s a nice balance of Emily Ann’s internal thoughts and [...]


    12. This was my first download from the Rave Reviews Book Club selection and I must say that it is a spellbinding piece of writing. Set in Mississippi in the 1920s there is masterful detail of lives led on either side of the river, and Emily Ann Teegarten is the daring young protagonist whose dream of making it as a jazz singer finds her taking risks a young girl cannot hope to get away with all the time. I was immediately bewitched by her outspoken ideas and tenacity, her naivety and her curiously [...]


    13. For the extended review, please stop by this link on The Review Board: wp/p30Uww-7o“Baby” Teegarten has a dream: a dream to sing Jazz in New York City. However, in her quest to achieve that dream, she runs into many pitfalls causing her to grow up way too soon. This is set up in Mississippi in the summer of 1925, and this sparked my interest greatly, due to the fact that Mississippi is my place of origin.The first thing I noticed was the tone of this work. Jazz Baby is a mix of comedic sprin [...]


    14. I purchased this book after finding the author on Rave Reviews Book Club.Wow. What can I say?Well, I'll start by giving an outline of what the book is about:This fast paced, realistic novel is set in 1925 Mississippi. All "Baby" Teegarten wants to do is sing Jazz. It seems that fate has other plans, however. In the end she has a fight on her hands just stayin' alive.The story contains some gritty scenes, some of which may be distressing to some readers. It explores sexuality and drug taking, as [...]


    15. Jazz Baby is the story of 13-year-old Emily Ann, a girl who loses both parents early in the novel. She possess a singing voice that's able to make saints cry in church and sinners dance in the speakeasies of 1925 New Orleans. This voice will take her far away from the dirty little Mississippi town of her birth. But while Emily thinks she's a grown woman, ready to get on with life as an independent person, she's woefully underprepared for the real world. There are musicians, club owners, revenue [...]


    16. All Baby wants to do is sing. ‘Cept life, well, she got plans of her own. As do the men in Baby’s life, each wanting to use her. Each, claiming parts of her as his own.Reading Jazz Baby, one realizes two things. First, Baby can sing. And second, Beem Weeks can write. His voice is one of the strongest I’ve ever read. The rich, colorful writing spilling from the pages leaves the reader gasping for more, while his characters’ moral ambiguity make this a post-modern "Of Mice and Men."Even th [...]


    17. This thrilling page-turner had me hooked from beginning to end! It is an engrossing tale of crime and speakeasies in 1925 Mississippi & New Orleans, told in the unique voice of Emily Ann Teegarten - aka 'Baby'. Full of deep southern charm, rich details and authentic vernacular. At the tender age of 13, Emily Ann finds herself orphaned. Blessed with a beautiful voice, her one desire is to sing jazz in New York City. As a pretty young teen, a budding bisexual and talented chanteuse, Emily Ann [...]


    18. I love reading great prose and to know that JAZZ BABY was Beem Weeks‘ debut novel, was really impressive to me . Emily Ann was a young girl growing up in 1920′s New Orleans and her voice, as strong as any teenager/young adult female’s voice, was carefully crafted by a MAN…this is what signifies true "talent" in a writer and this is the main reason that I’m giving this read 5 stars! Weeks had to have done his research and the proof is in the writing.I will have to admit, though, that am [...]


    19. I loved this book so much that I reread it, skimming through and trying to read the highlights I had made on my Kindle. I procrastinated on writing this for so long because I didn't feel my review could do justice to the book. I was charmed and enthralled by the story, but how to explain why I was so charmed and with so many great reviews already written, giving a fresh viewpoint was a challenge.In essence, the book appeals to me most because Week’s every turn of a phrase clicks with me. His p [...]


    20. I really was looking forward to reading this book, but I was tentative to start it based on the cover. It just isn't all that appealing to me, but I'm glad I didn't let that hold me back.Weeks did a phenomenal job with the mood and dialogue of this story. Dramatic scenes were skillfully written, and at times poetic. The whole time reading, I felt as if I'd traveled back in time and was dropped deep in the heart of the south during 1920s prohibition era. Jazz Baby, aka Emily Ann Teegarten, was an [...]


    21. Emily Ann (AKA “Baby”) Teegarten is a teen with a dream: she wants to go to New York to sing jazz, but first she needs to get out of Mississippi and her little one-horse town. The only way to do that is to trust her papa’s best friend, Tanyon Thibbedeaux, who can get her into New Orleans to get her start. But her start is rocky as her first attempt at singing in Frank Rydekker’s jazz club ends in a riot and a rape and then a family tragedy: Emily Ann’s mother killed her father and is n [...]


    22. This book really deserves the 5 stars even though 'coming of age' stories rarely come up with anything too new in the scheme of things. I'll come clean and say right off that I used to work in the courts that deal with the aftermath of 'saving' abused children, so there's little in here that actually shocked me too much, but few writers who tackle this subject 'authentically' rarely avoid piling on the social conscience reactions and simply concentrate on what makes their teenage hero tick. And [...]


    23. I couldn't finish the book, it made me too sad. I got 57% of the way through, so I don't know how it ends. It's not a plot-driven novel anyway. I'm not rating it by how much I liked it. I'm rating by the skill of the author in the crafting of the story and the beauty of the author's voice in telling this story.A poor girl in the roaring 20's, with aspirations of fame and a singing voice that might get her there, finds herself all alone - a sheep in the midst of wolves - when her father dies. She [...]


    24. This was my first download from the Rave Reviews Book Club selection and I must say that it is a spellbinding piece of writing. Set in Mississippi in the 1920s there is masterful detail of lives led on either side of the river, and Emily Ann Teegarten is the daring young protagonist whose dream of making it as a jazz singer finds her taking risks a young girl cannot hope to get away with all the time. I was immediately bewitched by her outspoken ideas and tenacity, her naivety and her curiously [...]


    25. Imagine running through 1925 Storyville, Nawlins with gasoline drawers on and the devil running fast behind your tail. Sound dangerous? It isn't only because it's good fiction.This is what I love (not like-love) about this book. It's original. Tired of reading the same storyline told the same way with different character names? This book will cure you of that. Another aspect I loved about this book is, you don't see what's coming. This along with the dialect used and the female character's point [...]


    26. Beautifully written. Haunting authentic portrayal of the corruption and poverty in the deep- south in the 1020’s This is not your typical coming of age story. Emily Ann, a young teen, was raised in rural Rayford, Mississippi is the early 1920’s in extreme poverty and by parents who were financially and emotionally ill-equipped to provide her with any structure or moral compass to guide her. Her survival was mainly due to her own wit, determination, and talent, a beautiful voice. Her dream wa [...]


    27. This story transports the reader to 1925 Mississippi, and the harrowing story of a young white girl who dreams of becoming a jazz singer. After losing both of her parents, teenager, Emily Ann "Baby" Teegarten is reluctantly taken in by her aunt. All sorts of sexual stirrings begin when she encounters a young girl her age working for her aunt, and the unbridled sexuality of the Indian boy who also comes to work around the house.Her real desire, though, is to cross the river and sing in the speake [...]


    28. Jazz Baby by Beem Weeks is a tale of a young girl, just becoming a woman, and her dream to sing jazz music in 1925.Emily Ann Teegarten, or Baby, is a teenage singing sensation. All she wants to do is make a living singing jazz music. But in the time of prohibition, speakeasies aren't the best place for young girls just becoming women. After suddenly being orphaned and shipped off to an aunt that things jazz music is from the devil, Emily finds ways to sneak over the river to New Orleans to get h [...]


    29. A surprisingly good first novel as you can see from my star rating. You will not find a synopsis or ending spoiler.First, the story takes place in the South during the Roaring Twenties. I applaud the author for telling the sociological dark side of the Roaring Twenties. Mr. Weeks delivered good characterization, yet, written in first person, a difficult concept to carry through to the end. The dialogue was good, with use of colloquialisms, yet, for me, far too much in the narrative causing this [...]


    30. JAZZ BABY is set back in the summer of 1925 in Mississippi. We read about Emily Ann Teegarten and her life as it is flipped upside down with one horrific incident after another. Forced to live with her aunt, Emily begins plotting her escape, with nothing but a dream to sing jazz in New York City. She hopes that the speakeasies of New Orleans are short stepping stones to her dream in the Big Apple. BUT Emily is introduced to more than she could’ve imagined.We read from the eyes of young Emily A [...]


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