Meet the authors Dennis Pratt and Dr. Tom Shaker for a book talk about their new book, A Treasury of Rhode Island Jazz & Swing Musicians.
From Providence’s legendary Celebrity Club, the first interracial night club in New England, to the renowned Monday night Big Band jazz gigs that began with Duke Belaire and continue today with John Allmark, A Treasury of Rhode Island Jazz & Swing Musicians will delight the jazz lover in all of us, whether you’re from Rhode Island or not.
About the Authors:
Dr. Tom Shaker is a college professor who earned his degrees at the University of Massachusetts and Boston University. He has worked in video and film production in Los Angeles and Boston. He is also a filmmaker (look for “Do It Man; The Story of The Celebrity Club” coming soon) and hosts The Soul Serenade, a soul & funk radio show on WICN in Worcester, MA.
Dennis Pratt is a graduate of the Navy School of Music, and Berklee College of Music. He found his way from Boston to Rhode Island as a high school band director and professional musician. He has performed with many of the musicians listed in this book.
Free and open to all.
Copies will be available for sale and signing.