An Evening of Jazz with Larry Tye in conversation with Mick Carlon

Thursday, May 9, 2024 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm


Titcomb's Bookshop is excited to partner with the Sturgis Public Library for An Evening of Jazz, an author talk with Larry Tye in conversation with Mick Carlon about Tye's new book Jazzmen: How Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Count Basie Transformed America (published May 7th 2024). Enjoy wine, a discussion with Larry Tye and Mick Carlon, & the musical stylings of the Bart Weisman Trio. This event is on Thursday May 9th from 5:00 to 6:30pm at the Sturgis Public Library at 3090 Main Street, Barnstable, MA 02630 in Barnstable Village. Tickets are $20 per person and space is limited. Tickets can be purchased at the Sturgis Public Library website or at the library prior to the event. Purchasing tickets ahead of time is highly recommended.

Books will be for sale at the event, courtesy of Titcomb's Bookshop. The author will sign them after the presentation. Those who are unable to attend the event may order signed copies below by writing "signed copy" in the order comments, or by calling Titcomb's Bookshop at 508-888-2331.


From the New York Times bestselling author of Satchel and Bobby Kennedy, a sweeping and spellbinding portrait of the longtime kings of jazz—Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Count Basie—who, born within a few years of one another, overcame racist exclusion and violence to become the most popular entertainers on the planet.

This is the story of three revolutionary American musicians, the maestro jazzmen who orchestrated the chords that throb at the soul of twentieth-century America.

  • Duke Ellington, the grandson of slaves who was christened Edward Kennedy Ellington, was a man whose story is as layered and nuanced as his name suggests and whose music transcended category.
  • Louis Daniel Armstrong was born in a New Orleans slum so tough it was called The Battlefield and, at age seven, got his first musical instrument, a ten-cent tin horn that drew buyers to his rag-peddling wagon and set him on the road to elevating jazz into a pulsating force for spontaneity and freedom.
  • William James Basie, too, grew up in a world unfamiliar to white fans—the son of a coachman and laundress who dreamed of escaping every time the traveling carnival swept into town, and who finally engineered his getaway with help from Fats Waller.

What is far less known about these groundbreakers is that they were bound not just by their music or even the discrimination that they, like nearly all Black performers of their day, routinely encountered. Each defied and ultimately overcame racial boundaries by opening America’s eyes and souls to the magnificence of their music. In the process they wrote the soundtrack for the civil rights movement.

Based on more than 250 interviews, this exhaustively researched book brings alive the history of Black America in the early-to-mid 1900s through the singular lens of the country’s most gifted, engaging, and enduring African-American musicians.



Larry Tye is a New York Times bestselling author whose latest book, The Jazzmen, a joint biography of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Count Basie — looks at how these three maestros wrote the soundtrack for the civil rights revolution. Larry Tye is the New York Times bestselling author of Bobby Kennedy and Satchel, as well as Demagogue, Superman, The Father of Spin, Home Lands, and Rising from the Rails, and coauthor, with Kitty Dukakis, of Shock. Previously an award-winning reporter at the Boston Globe and a Nieman fellow at Harvard University, he now runs the Boston-based Health Coverage Fellowship. He lives on Cape Cod.


ABOUT AUTHOR - Mick Carlon

Mick Carlon is bringing the history of jazz to young people. This professor from Centerville, Massachusetts, has written three novels in which idols as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Lester Young, Ella Fitzgerald and many more, speak to us all. After 38 years as a public school teacher, his three novels are in the curriculum of over 130 schools in the U.S., Mexico, Spain, and France. The legendary Nat Hentoff says: “Mick Carlon’s novels are unique in the history of Jazz. Nothing like them has yet been attempted, and they are turning on countless young people to the glories and stories of our music.”


ABOUT THE MUSICIANS - The Bart Weisman Trio: Fred Boyle, Ron Ormsby, & Bart Weisman

Bart Weisman performs with his Jazz Group, Klezmer Swing Group, Smooth Jazz Group, and the Cape Cod Jazz Quartet & Trio on Cape Cod, Massachusetts at Events, Parties, Weddings, Concerts, and Restaurants. Bart has worked with a number of musicians on Cape Cod including: Molly Ringwald, Jay Geils (J. Geils Band), Ken Peplowski, Rebecca Parris, Joe Muranyi, Eddie Higgins, Lou Colombo, Dick Johnson, and many more. Bart is the Founder, Executive Producer & Performer for the Provincetown Jazz Festival, Hosts Jazz Jam Cape Cod, appears at The West End, Bleu Restaurant, and Summer Jazz with Bart Weisman Concert Series at PAAM. Bart is the Jazz Band Director at Sturgis East and directs & performs for the Jazz in the Schools program. 


Event address: 
Sturgis Public Library
3090 Main Street
Barnstable, MA 02630
The Jazzmen: How Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Count Basie Transformed America By Larry Tye Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358380436
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - May 7th, 2024