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Low Down: A Memoir – A.J. Albany Signing Party

Low Down: A Memoir – A.J. Albany Signing Party

Thursday, November 14th; 7-10 PM.

A. J. Albany‘s recollection of life with her father, the great jazz pianist Joe Albany, is the story of one girl’s unsentimental education. Joe played with the likes of Charles Mingus, Lester Young, and Charlie Parker, but between gigs he slipped into drug-induced obscurity. It was during these times that his daughter knew him best. After her mother disappeared, six-year-old Amy Jo and her charming, troubled father set up housekeeping in a seamy Hollywood hotel. While Joe finished a set in some red-boothed dive, chances were you’d find Amy curled up asleep on someone’s fur coat, clutching a 78 of Louis Armstrong‘s “Sugar Blues” or, later, a photograph of the man himself, inscribed, “To little Amy Jo, always in love with you–Pops.”


“Her prose resembles the shimmering complexity of bop, with its feelings of tight yet improvisational dartings through memory. From the slag heap of the junkie lifestyle, she manages to spin literary gold.”

Wise beyond her years and hip to the unpredictable ways of Old Lady Life at all too early an age, A. J. Albany guides us through the dope and deviance of the late 1960s and early 1970s in Hollywood’s shadowy underbelly and beyond. What emerges is a raw, gripping, and surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a young girl trying to survive among the outcasts, misfits, and artists who surrounded her.

The 737 Jazz Youth Combo will be performing live, and the cast and crew of the forthcoming movie will be in attendance with the author. Refreshments will be served.

Book info:

A.J. Albany
Low Down: Junk, Jazz, and Other Fairy Tales from Childhood
Softcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Tin House edition, November 2013
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935639765
ISBN-13: 978-1935639763