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Friday Night at Honeybee's
by Andrea Smith

Published: 2004-02-03
Paperback : 320 pages
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Everyone who's anyone in the Harlem music scene has heard of Honeybee McColor and the famous Friday night gathers that fill her house to bursting. In the early 1960s, nowhere but "The Big House" attracts so many renowned jazz and blues musicians?and no one but Miss Honeybee attracts ...
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Everyone who's anyone in the Harlem music scene has heard of Honeybee McColor and the famous Friday night gathers that fill her house to bursting. In the early 1960s, nowhere but "The Big House" attracts so many renowned jazz and blues musicians?and no one but Miss Honeybee attracts talented lost souls like Forestine Bent and Viola Bembrey.

The two singers come from separate worlds: one the Brooklyn projects, the other the Baptist, rural South. One has a God-given voice and the ambition to be a star, the other a more subtle gift and a handful of hazy fantasies. But both learn the destructive consequences of following their hearts. They find sanctuary together under Honeybee's tender guidance, struggling to find the balancing point where music doesn't overpower love.

Including a passel of characters both wildly raunchy and remarkably dignified, Andrea Smith has woven an unforgettable tale overflowing with energy, heart, and humanity.

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by abbeyonekanobe (see profile) 01/16/10
The Help was written during the same time period but with a totally different theme. It was interesting to read both and compare.
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We were lucky enough to find a Jazz Lounge/Supper club in town. It was great!

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  "Friday Night at Honeybee's"by abbeyonekanobe (see profile) 01/16/10

This book was an interesting and different look at the 60's in which I grew up. I was so intrigued that jazz was so popular then and that people lived their lives for it.

 
  "Jazzy sassy women"by kfoulks (see profile) 01/15/10

I loved the women in this book.. that their families were not the support that they needed, but they found their real support through their music and their friendships.

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