Wilmington jazz history author to sign books April 15

Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach will host radio host and author Steven Leech for a book signing and discussion on “Boysie’s Horn: The History of Jazz in Wilmington in the 20th Century” from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Friday, April 15. at 133 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach.

“Boysie’s Horn” highlights the influence of one of America’s greatest jazz educators, Boysie Lowery, in making African-American Wilmington a launching pad for national artists like vibraphonist Lem Winchester, trumpeter Clifford Brown and singer Betty Roché.

Lowery has taught hundreds of people the intricacies of music. Jazz aficionados and seekers alike will revel in all the artist names Leech verifies in this fully illustrated and well-indexed dossier of bands, clubs, speakeasies, musicians, recordings, and social engines too often overlooked by Delaware’s cultural arbiters. Leech fills in the gaps of how American jazz, often associated with big-city record companies, owes a huge debt to a few gifted African Americans living in a small town on the east coast.

The work features a suite by Wilmington jazz legend Larry Williams.

Leech is the radio host and producer of Bop Time on the University of Delaware station WVUD. He is also the editor of Dreamstreets magazine, Delaware’s oldest literary magazine. He has twice received grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts for his numerous novels, poetry, journalism, and literary history. Leech also sits on the board of the Delaware Rock & Roll Society. The son of a Roosevelt-era WPA writer, Leech wrote the introduction to a Delaware Heritage Press reprint of “Delaware: a Guide to the First State,” to which his father had contributed.

“Boysie’s Horn” is published by Broken Turtle Books, which specializes in the works of Delaware authors and those in the Delaware diaspora.

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