Teddy Adams’s new book “The Up of the Down Beat: A Musical Journey” is the memoir of an accomplished jazz musician, mentor, educator and composer. The recent release is an engaging reflection on the life and work of a professional musician from his musical awakening in Savannah in the lat fifties through a remarkable career playing with some of the most influential jazz artists of all times.
Teddy Adams is a Savannah, Georgia native, US Air Force veteran, retired city administrator, leader and cofounder of several music festivals, associations, and orchestras. He is one of the first inductees to the Savannah/Costal Jazz Hall of Fame. Teddy has completed his new book “The Up of the Down Beat: A Musical Journey”: an engaging account of a noteworthy jazz career that has spanned the globe with a diverse and unforgettable cast of characters.
The musical journey chronicled in this book is an interesting, truthful and in some instances a very funny revelation of events, places and people encountered. Beginning in this writer’s hometown Savannah, Georgia, to national and international places, there’s always an unexpected, yet thought provoking twist of occurrences and incidents throughout his encounters with many Jazz greats. Much like the syncopation found in Jazz music, the journey of the author’s encounters are unexpected, yet every moment of experience shared with other uniquely talented, creative and interesting Jazz musicians left lasting impressions for a lifetime.
Through personal experiences and associations, this musical journey reveals insight, information and trivia that is probably not considered as being common knowledge about several Jazz musicians, many of them of national/ international prominence. Like the lives and music of these musicians, the element of surprise and the unexpected is an intricate part of their makeup…thus “The Up of the Down Beat” is most befitting when describing them and the environment in which they dwell. Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Teddy Adam’s memoir is a fascinating insider’s view of the world of jazz in the twentieth century. Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “The Up of the Down Beat: A Musical Journey” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Kobo, Amazon, Google Play or Barnes and Noble.