Well, it's finally here. Four years ago I started this blog, promising to write a book one day about Louis Armstrong's later years and as of this morning, that day has arrived. It's been a helluva ride, as my longtime readers will attest, but I've had a ball. And frankly, I think the real ride is only just beginning!
Anyway, I'll have much more about the book in upcoming weeks but I did just want to say that it's in bookstores everywhere today and Amazon has already started shipping their copies, so stand back! And if you're still on the fence, don't mind me as I call attention to some recent reviews that needless to say have made me very, very proud. Here's Tom Nolan in the
Wall Street Journal. And here's Ted Gioia in the
San Francisco Chronicle. I've been a longtime admirer of both Nolan and Gioia and to read their words about my work, well, I don't know how to properly sum up my happiness. And if you want to read a short excerpt, head over to JazzWax, where Marc Myers has a bit about it today.
All in all, this is one of the most exciting times of my life and I thank all of you who have shown interest in my work over the years. Now go out there and grab a book...happy reading!