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Jack Maeby LA Jazz musician Jack Maeby's thriller, The Thorazine Mirrorball is garnering critical acclaim from the literary and jazz communities alike. Dick Wood, host of “Jazz Tracks” on WABY Radio, raves “What an exciting read! You can almost hear the music. I couldn’t put the darn thing down." Aaron Lazar, writing for Futures Mystery Magazine says, “a superb thriller...a taut and colorful novel...characters jump from the page.”

The Thorazine Mirrorball takes place in the jazz and R&B milieu of the 1970s and draws upon Maeby’s extensive background playing piano and organ behind music legends Etta James, Howard Roberts, Harold Vick, Aaron Neville and many others. It tells the story of a young musician, fresh out of two years of psychiatric confinement, who is trying to re-establish himself in the east coast jazz and R&B circuits. As soon as he lands a road gig, the musicians around him start turning up dead, and he’s the chief suspect.

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See why Cocktail Reviews says the THORAZINE MIRRORBALL is “A thriller of exciting proportions, The Thorazine Mirrorball will have you reading as quickly as you can to find out what happens next... A brilliantly penned novel... heart-thumpingly fast paced."


The Thorazine Mirrorball
By Jack Maeby
180 pages
Wild Child Publishing
ISBN-10: 1934069760
ISBN-13: 978-1934069769


About Jack Maeby

Jack Maeby grew up in upstate New York, where he began playing professionally while in high school. At age 19, he signed a recording contract with a St. Louis-based record label. After a few years of touring the South and Midwest opening for acts such as The Doobie Brothers, Rod Stewart and Parliament/Funkadelic, Jack returned to Albany to back vocalist David Ward, a veteran of the King Curtis band. Through Ward, he was introduced to the late King Curtis' musical family, which included R&B legends Cornell DuPree, Gordon Edwards and Bernard Purdie.

Moving to New York in the 1980's, Maeby built a career playing piano and organ behind acts such as Etta James, Otis Rush and Lowell Fulson. He was a keyboardist with the Uptown Horns band, accompanying Aaron Neville, Buster Poindexter and many other name attractions on their New York appearances. Jack was a regular member of NY Jazz and Blues Society honoree Danny Draher's band, played regularly with avant garde jazz artist Marc Ribot and toured Europe with guitarist Joe Taino.

During his time in New York, Maeby was composer and musical director for a number of Off Broadway theater productions at La Mama Etc., CSC Repertory and the McCarter Theater. He began composing for film and television, garnering a Clio nomination for Original Music Scoring. His motion picture and TV work includes the films “Scandal", Disney's “The Arabian Night" and “How the Toys Saved Christmas" and the long-running children's series, “The World of David the Gnome".

After re-locating to Los Angeles in the mid-90's, Jack began writing fiction while touring Japan as musical director for a vocal group. He studied creative writing under novelist Claire Carmichael (aka Claire McNab) and was the recipient of a 2005 James Kirkwood Literary Award.

Jack is married to novelist Carol Tanzman and helped raise their two children, Liana and Dylan.


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