Radio host and author Steve Leech to sign copies of book ‘Boysies Horn’ | Arts & Entertainment







Author Steve Leech will discuss and sign his book ‘Boysies Horn’ on April 15 in Rehoboth Beach.



Radio host and author Steven Leech will speak and sign copies of his new book, “Boysie’s Horn: The History of Jazz in Wilmington in the 20th Century,” at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, on Friday, April 15, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Browseabout Books is located at 133 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach.

“Boysie’s Horn” highlights the influence of one of the US’s greatest jazz educators, Boysie Lowery, in making African American Wilmington a launchpad for national performers including vibraphonist Lem Winchester, trumpeter Clifford Brown and vocalist Betty Roché. Says journalist and jazz host for KUVO Denver Pete Simon, “For decades, [Lowery] taught hundreds of people about the intricacies of music, and most importantly, life itself. He was a beautiful soul that everyone loved madly. Thanks to Steven for giving into this project.”

“Jazz fans and researchers will delight in all the artists Leech name checks in this fully-illustrated and well-indexed record of bands, clubs, speakeasies, musicians, recordings, and social movers, too often forgotten by Delaware’s cultural arbiters. Leech fills in the gaps of how American Jazz, often associated with big-city record labels, owes a huge debt to a few gifted African Americans living in a small eastern seaboard city.”

The work features an afterward by Wilmington jazz legend Larry Williams.

Leech is known as the radio host and producer of “Bop Time,” for which he was cited in WVUD’s wall of fame for an “unmatched … ability to provide background information and a historical context for the selections that he chooses.”

Leech is the executive editor at Dreamstreets magazine, Delaware’s longest-running literary journal, and he was rewarded twice with grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts for his many novels, poetry, journalism and literary history. Leech also serves on the board of the Delaware Rock & Roll Society. The son of a Roosevelt-era WPA writer, Leech wrote the introduction to a Delaware Heritage Press reprint of “Delaware: a Guide to the First State,” to which his father had contributed.

“Boysie’s Horn” is published by Broken Turtle Books, which specializes in works by Delaware authors and those in the Delaware Diaspora.

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