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Now's The Time


Part mystery, part journey, completely heart-felt, “Now’s the Time” follows jazz trumpeter Didi Heron as she searches for the lost tape of her father’s last gig before he tragically died. A celebration of family ties and musical legacies, “Now’s the Time” is a meditation on jazz and jazz players. Drawing inspiration from a potpourri of stories from the American jazz tradition, notably those of trumpeter Clifford Brown, Strauss has created a fictional work rooted in historical fact.

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A quintessential search into the past with surprising and moving revelations that echo into the present, Now's the Time is Strauss' strongest work yet, and will not only delight jazz aficionados but all readers of insightful and compelling storytelling.
--Leonard Chang, author of Crossings, Black Heron Press

A riveting jazz odyssey, written with passion, authenticity, depth, and insight. The pages burn. Larry Strauss writes with a real love and understanding of the jazz musicians who give their lives to their art.
--David Evanier, author of Roman Candle: The Life of Bobby Darin

Larry Strauss really knows how to tell a lively story, just like the great improvisers he celebrates. Now's the Time avoids every cliché of jazz fiction. Its main character searches for a legendary recording and finds her self in the process. Didi Heron's view from the bandstand is sharp, accurate, unsentimental. She became as real to me as Clifford Brown or Mary Lou Williams. More, please!
--Michael Steinman, host of Jazz Lives at WordPress

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