Half Blood Blues

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0120110627

Shortly after the fall of Paris in 1940, Hieronymus Falk - a brilliant young jazz trumpeter who made his name in Berlin - is arrested in a café and never seen nor heard from again.

He is black - and a German citizen.

Falk and his fellow bandmates Sid Griffiths and Chip Jones fled Berlin the previous year.

But as Sid puts it: "We...known [we] wouldn't fend off the chaos forever.

Ain't no man can outrun his fate."

But what really happened to Hieronymus Falk?

Fifty years later, Sid and Chip return to Berlin - but Chip has received a mysterious letter which sets the pair of them on a new journey to uncover the secrets of past.

But the heart of the story is set in those wartime days in Berlin and Paris.

It's a jazzman's tale, with a language and preoccupations that give us a very fresh take on some well-known historical events.

Half Blood Blues sings of betrayal, loyalty and creative ambition, with the thought that if you don't tell your own story others may tell it for you.

And they just might tell it wrong...

1940.

Paris is under occupation, and without papers it's no longer safe for Hiero to be out on the streets.

But after a hard drinking session Sid and Hiero set off for a café in search of milk.

Esi Edugyan has degrees from the University of Victoria and Johns Hopkins University.

Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Best New American Voices 2003.

Half Blood Blues is her second novel.

Her first The Second Life of Samuel Tyne - written when she was 25 - was published in 2004.

Esi currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne.

Read by Ricky Fearon.

Produced by Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

By Esi Edugyan.

Without papers, it's not safe for Hiero on the streets of Paris.

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Shortly after the fall of Paris in 1940, Hieronymus Falk - a brilliant young jazz trumpeter who made his name in Berlin - is arrested in a café and never seen nor heard from again.

He is black - and a German citizen.

Falk and his fellow bandmates Sid Griffiths and Chip Jones fled Berlin the previous year.

But as Sid puts it: "We...known [we] wouldn't fend off the chaos forever.

Ain't no man can outrun his fate."

But what really happened to Hieronymus Falk?

Fifty years later, Sid and Chip return to Berlin - but Chip has received a mysterious letter which sets the pair of them on a new journey to uncover the secrets of past.

But the heart of the story is set in those wartime days in Berlin and Paris.

It's a jazzman's tale, with a language and preoccupations that give us a very fresh take on some well-known historical events.

Half Blood Blues sings of betrayal, loyalty and creative ambition, with the thought that if you don't tell your own story others may tell it for you.

And they just might tell it wrong...

1992.

Sid and Chip return to Berlin for the inaugural Hieronymus Falk Festival.

They have both contributed to a documentary about Hiero's life, but when they watch the film's premiere Sid is in for a shock.

Esi Edugyan has degrees from the University of Victoria and Johns Hopkins University.

Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Best New American Voices 2003.

Half Blood Blues is her second novel.

Her first The Second Life of Samuel Tyne - written when she was 25 - was published in 2004.

Esi currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne.

Read by Ricky Fearon.

Produced by Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

By Esi Edugyan.

Berlin 1992.

Sid is in for a shock as he watches a film about Hiero.

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Shortly after the fall of Paris in 1940, Hieronymus Falk - a brilliant young jazz trumpeter who made his name in Berlin - is arrested in a café and never seen nor heard from again.

He is black - and a German citizen.

Falk and his fellow bandmates Sid Griffiths and Chip Jones fled Berlin the previous year.

But as Sid puts it: "We...

known [we] wouldn't fend off the chaos forever.

Ain't no man can outrun his fate."

But what really happened to Hieronymus Falk?

Fifty years later, Sid and Chip return to Berlin - but Chip has received a mysterious letter which sets the pair of them on a new journey to uncover the secrets of past.

But the heart of the story is set in those wartime days in Berlin and Paris.

It's a jazzman's tale, with a language and preoccupations that give us a very fresh take on some well-known historical events.

Half Blood Blues sings of betrayal, loyalty and creative ambition, with the thought that if you don't tell your own story others may tell it for you.

And they just might tell it wrong...

Berlin 1939.

Time was when the Hot-Time Swingers was the stuff.

But life is hard for jazzmen under the Nazis.

Will the arrival of Delilah Brown bring a change of fortune for the band?

Esi Edugyan has degrees from the University of Victoria and Johns Hopkins University.

Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Best New American Voices 2003.

Half Blood Blues is her second novel.

Her first The Second Life of Samuel Tyne - written when she was 25 - was published in 2004.

Esi currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne.

Read by Ricky Fearon.

Produced by Rosalynd Ward.

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

By Esi Edugyan.

Delilah has a proposition for the Hot-Time Swingers.

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Shortly after the fall of Paris in 1940, Hieronymus Falk - a brilliant young jazz trumpeter who made his name in Berlin - is arrested in a café and never seen nor heard from again.

He is black - and a German citizen.

Falk and his fellow bandmates Sid Griffiths and Chip Jones fled Berlin the previous year.

But as Sid puts it: "We...

known [we] wouldn't fend off the chaos forever.

Ain't no man can outrun his fate."

But what really happened to Hieronymus Falk?

Fifty years later, Sid and Chip return to Berlin - but Chip has received a mysterious letter which sets the pair of them on a new journey to uncover the secrets of past.

But the heart of the story is set in those wartime days in Berlin and Paris.

It's a jazzman's tale, with a language and preoccupations that give us a very fresh take on some well-known historical events.

Half Blood Blues sings of betrayal, loyalty and creative ambition, with the thought that if you don't tell your own story others may tell it for you.

And they just might tell it wrong...

Berlin 1939.

After the fight with Nazi thugs the band must hide from the Gestapo at Ernst's club.

And Sid gets to know Delilah better.

Esi Edugyan has degrees from the University of Victoria and Johns Hopkins University.

Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Best New American Voices 2003.

Half Blood Blues is her second novel.

Her first The Second Life of Samuel Tyne - written when she was 25 - was published in 2004.

Esi currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne.

Read by Ricky Fearon.

Produced by Rosalynd Ward.

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

By Esi Edugyan.

The band are in hiding after the fight with Nazi thugs.

0520110701

Shortly after the fall of Paris in 1940, Hieronymus Falk - a brilliant young jazz trumpeter who made his name in Berlin - is arrested in a café and never seen nor heard from again.

He is black - and a German citizen.

Falk and his fellow bandmates Sid Griffiths and Chip Jones fled Berlin the previous year.

But as Sid puts it: "We...

known [we] wouldn't fend off the chaos forever.

Ain't no man can outrun his fate."

But what really happened to Hieronymus Falk?

Fifty years later, Sid and Chip return to Berlin - but Chip has received a mysterious letter which sets the pair of them on a new journey to uncover the secrets of past.

But the heart of the story is set in those wartime days in Berlin and Paris.

It's a jazzman's tale, with a language and preoccupations that give us a very fresh take on some well-known historical events.

Half Blood Blues sings of betrayal, loyalty and creative ambition, with the thought that if you don't tell your own story others may tell it for you.

And they just might tell it wrong...

Delilah and Paul have disappeared and the remaining Hot-Time Swingers wait anxiously for news.

Esi Edugyan has degrees from the University of Victoria and Johns Hopkins University.

Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Best New American Voices 2003.

Half Blood Blues is her second novel.

Her first The Second Life of Samuel Tyne - written when she was 25 - was published in 2004.

Esi currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne.

Read by Ricky Fearon.

Produced by Rosalynd Ward.

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

By Esi Edugyan.

Delilah and Paul have disappeared and the band waits for news.

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Shortly after the fall of Paris in 1940, Hieronymus Falk - a brilliant young jazz trumpeter who made his name in Berlin - is arrested in a café and never seen nor heard from again.

He is black - and a German citizen.

Falk and his fellow bandmates Sid Griffiths and Chip Jones fled Berlin the previous year.

But as Sid puts it: "We...known [we] wouldn't fend off the chaos forever.

Ain't no man can outrun his fate."

But what really happened to Hieronymus Falk?

Fifty years later, Sid and Chip return to Berlin - but Chip has received a mysterious letter which sets the pair of them on a new journey to uncover the secrets of past.

But the heart of the story is set in those wartime days in Berlin and Paris.

It's a jazzman's tale, with a language and preoccupations that give us a very fresh take on some well-known historical events.

Half Blood Blues sings of betrayal, loyalty and creative ambition, with the thought that if you don't tell your own story others may tell it for you.

And they just might tell it wrong...

The Hot-Time Swingers are disintegrating.

Paul has been sent to Sachsenhausen concentration camp, Fritz has decided to stay in Berlin and still there's no word from Delilah.

Ernst, Sid, Hiero and Chip have driven to Hamburg waiting for papers that will take them to Paris and a meeting with Louis Armstrong.

Esi Edugyan has degrees from the University of Victoria and Johns Hopkins University.

Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Best New American Voices 2003.

Half Blood Blues is her second novel.

Her first The Second Life of Samuel Tyne - written when she was 25 - was published in 2004.

Esi currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne

Read by Ricky Fearon

Produced by Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

By Esi Edugyan.

In Hamburg, Ernst, Sid, Hiero and Chip try to escape to Paris.

0720110705

Shortly after the fall of Paris in 1940, Hieronymus Falk - a brilliant young jazz trumpeter who made his name in Berlin - is arrested in a café and never seen nor heard from again.

He is black - and a German citizen.

Falk and his fellow bandmates Sid Griffiths and Chip Jones fled Berlin the previous year.

But as Sid puts it: "We...

known [we] wouldn't fend off the chaos forever.

Ain't no man can outrun his fate."

But what really happened to Hieronymus Falk?

Fifty years later, Sid and Chip return to Berlin - but Chip has received a mysterious letter which sets the pair of them on a new journey to uncover the secrets of past.

But the heart of the story is set in those wartime days in Berlin and Paris.

It's a jazzman's tale, with a language and preoccupations that give us a very fresh take on some well-known historical events.

Half Blood Blues sings of betrayal, loyalty and creative ambition, with the thought that if you don't tell your own story others may tell it for you.

And they just might tell it wrong...

Reunited with Delilah in Montmartre, Sid, Chip and Hiero meet Louis Armstrong.

Delilah tells Sid what really happened in Berlin.

Esi Edugyan has degrees from the University of Victoria and Johns Hopkins University.

Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Best New American Voices 2003.

Half Blood Blues is her second novel.

Her first The Second Life of Samuel Tyne - written when she was 25 - was published in 2004.

Esi currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne.

Read by Ricky Fearon.

Produced by Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

In Paris - Sid, Chip and Hiero finally meet Louis Armstrong.

0820110706

Shortly after the fall of Paris in 1940, Hieronymus Falk - a brilliant young jazz trumpeter who made his name in Berlin - is arrested in a café and never seen nor heard from again.

He is black - and a German citizen.

Falk and his fellow bandmates Sid Griffiths and Chip Jones fled Berlin the previous year.

But as Sid puts it: "We...

known [we] wouldn't fend off the chaos forever.

Ain't no man can outrun his fate."

But what really happened to Hieronymus Falk?

Fifty years later, Sid and Chip return to Berlin - but Chip has received a mysterious letter which sets the pair of them on a new journey to uncover the secrets of past.

But the heart of the story is set in those wartime days in Berlin and Paris.

It's a jazzman's tale, with a language and preoccupations that give us a very fresh take on some well-known historical events.

Half Blood Blues sings of betrayal, loyalty and creative ambition, with the thought that if you don't tell your own story others may tell it for you.

And they just might tell it wrong...

As the war closes in around them, Sid, Chip and Hiero get to play with Louis Armstrong.

But for Sid, disappointment is waiting around a Paris street corner.

Esi Edugyan has degrees from the University of Victoria and Johns Hopkins University.

Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Best New American Voices 2003.

Half Blood Blues is her second novel.

Her first The Second Life of Samuel Tyne - written when she was 25 - was published in 2004.

Esi currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne.

Read by Ricky Fearon.

Produced by Rosalynd Ward.

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

By Esi Edugyan.

The band jam with Louis Armstrong.

But disappointment waits for Sid.

0920110707

Shortly after the fall of Paris in 1940, Hieronymus Falk - a brilliant young jazz trumpeter who made his name in Berlin - is arrested in a café and never seen nor heard from again.

He is black - and a German citizen.

Falk and his fellow bandmates Sid Griffiths and Chip Jones fled Berlin the previous year.

But as Sid puts it: "We...

known [we] wouldn't fend off the chaos forever.

Ain't no man can outrun his fate."

But what really happened to Hieronymus Falk?

Fifty years later, Sid and Chip return to Berlin - but Chip has received a mysterious letter which sets the pair of them on a new journey to uncover the secrets of past.

But the heart of the story is set in those wartime days in Berlin and Paris.

It's a jazzman's tale, with a language and preoccupations that give us a very fresh take on some well-known historical events.

Half Blood Blues sings of betrayal, loyalty and creative ambition, with the thought that if you don't tell your own story others may tell it for you.

And they just might tell it wrong...

With the Wehrmacht closing on Paris, Delilah tries to get visas to get Sid, Chip and Hiero out of France and on to America.

Esi Edugyan has degrees from the University of Victoria and Johns Hopkins University.

Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Best New American Voices 2003.

Half Blood Blues is her second novel.

Her first The Second Life of Samuel Tyne - written when she was 25 - was published in 2004.

Esi currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne.

Read by Ricky Fearon.

Produced by Rosalynd Ward.

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

With Paris soon to fall, Delilah plans the band's escape to America.

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Shortly after the fall of Paris in 1940, Hieronymus Falk - a brilliant young jazz trumpeter who made his name in Berlin - is arrested in a café and never seen nor heard from again.

He is black - and a German citizen.

Falk and his fellow bandmates Sid Griffiths and Chip Jones fled Berlin the previous year.

But as Sid puts it: "We...

known [we] wouldn't fend off the chaos forever.

Ain't no man can outrun his fate."

But what really happened to Hieronymus Falk?

Fifty years later, Sid and Chip return to Berlin - but Chip has received a mysterious letter which sets the pair of them on a new journey to uncover the secrets of past.

But the heart of the story is set in those wartime days in Berlin and Paris.

It's a jazzman's tale, with a language and preoccupations that give us a very fresh take on some well-known historical events.

Half Blood Blues sings of betrayal, loyalty and creative ambition, with the thought that if you don't tell your own story others may tell it for you.

And they just might tell it wrong...

Poland 1992.

After long coach journey from Berlin, Sid and Chip, both in their 80s, arrive at a strange, remote house.

Have they finally found Hiero?

Esi Edugyan has degrees from the University of Victoria and Johns Hopkins University.

Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Best New American Voices 2003.

Half Blood Blues is her second novel.

Her first The Second Life of Samuel Tyne - written when she was 25 - was published in 2004.

Esi currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne.

Read by Ricky Fearon.

Produced by Rosalynd Ward.

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

By Esi Edugyan.

Have Sid and Chip finally found Hiero?