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a novel by Joe Edmonds
The Wait is Over!
SWINGMAN is now available for purchase at all the major web-based book sellers and directly through me.
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I began writing Swingman in 1999, the morning after a gig at a local dance hall. A particular musicians-observing-patrons scenario had presented itself that night in such an absurdly iconic way, I just had to write it down. After three pages of description, it began to take on a life of its own ... and a few days later I realized I had to keep going; the scene growing over time, from a simple five-minute experience, into a journey through a fictional musician`s entire life.

Swingman is fiction, woven with threads of reality from a professional musician's life experiences. Although many of the situations in this book were either experienced or witnessed by the author, no individual fictional character or location is based on a real person or place; rather the story is replete with amalgams of actual persons, places, and events.
Several real-life individuals are mentioned in the story, four of whom: Joe Bendzsa*, Lenny Breau, Don Francks, Max Gordon, Buddy Morrow, Buddy Rich, and Margaret Whiting are incorporated into the plot. The historical information is accurate for all; however, the scenes in the story involving Breau and Francks with characters in Swingman are purely fictional, although linked to true historical events. Whiting's and Morrow's scenes are based on actual encounters with the author, while anecdotes involving Buddy Rich are based on stories recounted to the author by former members of Rich's band.
Nightclubs and musical venues depicted in scenes are fictional, with three exceptions: George's Spaghetti House in Toronto, and The Village Vanguard and Roseland Ballroom in New York City.

*A fictionalized segment with my dear friend and band-mate, who passed away a few years ago at age fifty. In the band, Young,
he and I became referred to as "Joe E" and "Joe B" in order to differentiate between us. Joe Bendzsa's tragically shortened life is yet another example of an "unfinished song". How many more years of his brilliant musical gift might we have enjoyed, had he lived longer?  

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