Hello JassOdyssey fans. Here is a small audio excerpt from Book One of the JassOdyssey series. The story takes place in New Orleans in the early 1900’s. In the series, after Park stole Never Die from Miles, he disappeared, traveled … Continue reading →
Hello JassOdyssey fans. As you remember in Book 3, Park, Marie, and Huddleston left Albuquerque, the Capital of New Mexico, in a hurry. It seems that someone mysteriously died, and the police considered Marie their prime suspect. To flee the … Continue reading →
Hello JassOdyssey fans! For those of you who have read the series, you know that the only way that Sarah, Miles’s mother, would allow Roland to take him on the odyssey (to find their stolen objects) was to chaperone him … Continue reading →
It’s time to celebrate, and it’s not even the New Year yet. We here at JassOdyssey have a lot to celebrate–like 50 reasons. That’s because we have just posted our 50th original song. And you can hear them all free … Continue reading →
For those of you who have been to Richmond, Va, you know that there are some works of art located on Monument Avenue dedicated to the Confederates who fought and died in the Civil War. It also is the place where Arthur Ashe’s statue is located (but on another part of the historic street). Last week the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (which is on Arthur Ashe Boulevard) put on display its latest piece of permanent art. It’s called ‘Rumors of War,’ and was sculpted by Kehinde Wiley, the artist who created the Obama presidential portrait. The monument is important because instead of it featuring one of the Fathers of the South, it features a muscular, triumphant, African American, astride a horse, looking defiantly to the sky. He’s got on a hoodie, wears nike’s, and on his head are dreadlocks. Quite a contrast to what is usually seen in the Capital of the Confederacy.
In the lasted book in the JassOdyssey series, Miles and Roland get a chance to see the monument, as well as tour Jackson Ward, the black historic region of Richmond. I wrote a little ditty called ‘Rumors of War’ that you can listen to–but it’s not all fun and games (like my usual songs). The fifth book in my collection will be available next month. Also, in the past few weeks I sent out a Christmas Song called “Holiday Spirits.” I hope that you enjoy both songs and have a great holiday.
Hello JassOdyssey fans. Hope you’re enjoying the summer. The question we have for you today is–Who Do The Bomb? In Book 4, which will be available later this year, Miles and Roland are in Cleveland. They meet a jazz expert … Continue reading →
Hello JassOdyssey fans, this is J. A. Rollins with another song that I created for the audiobooks. It’s called “Pretty Boy Pettiford-At Your Service.” It’s based on a character that Park tangles with while he and Marie are in Los … Continue reading →
Hello JassOdyssey fans, this is J. A. Rollins. Over the years, I’ve been writing the JassOdyssey book series, as well as composing music that will serve as the soundtracks for the audiobooks (music is available for listening at www.jassodyssey.com). I don’t … Continue reading →
This Labor Day weekend I’ll be ‘makin’ bricks’–not the masonry type, but the musical type. That term was quoted by Louis Armstrong when it came to describing his music as part of a musical duo. For those of you who … Continue reading →
Who said you can’t merge Hip Hop with Symphonic Music? Miles wants to challenge that notion. He composed a little ditty that he called, “Even Voodoo Priestesses Can Have A Bad Day.” And from the title, I guess you can … Continue reading →