Reviews of Jazz Country (1965)
Review by mojosmom (2004-08-20)
16-year-old Tom Curtis wants more than anything to be a jazz musician, a trumpet player. But he thinks he can't, because he's a white, middle-class kid who hasn't "paid his dues". Tom has to decide whether to go to college or start playing; the novel is about his search for the answer, and the people he meets along the way.
Hentoff writes of his introduction to the world of professional jazz musicians: of critics, of racism both black and white, of the different genres of music and the rivalries of their proponents. While not the best-written book, it's an interesting take on the New York jazz scene in the early '60's.