The Disharmonic Misadventures of David Stein

The Disharmonic Misadventures of David Stein

by Jonathan Segal
     
 

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A funny, far-out musical mystery...
A bungling jazz musician gets caught in
a crazy, comic world of musical intrigue.
David is a neurotic New York jazz pianist, stumbling
through his half-baked career. He’s the kind of guy
who walks out of the bathroom with toilet paper
trailing away from his shoe. He hears a few seconds of
a… See more details below

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A funny, far-out musical mystery...
A bungling jazz musician gets caught in
a crazy, comic world of musical intrigue.
David is a neurotic New York jazz pianist, stumbling
through his half-baked career. He’s the kind of guy
who walks out of the bathroom with toilet paper
trailing away from his shoe. He hears a few seconds of
a mysterious recording of piano music on the radio that
burns his soul. The unknown music begins to transform him
and he starts to experience extra-sensory perceptions. His
obsessive quest to find out the identity of the pianist on the
recording leads him through a series of outrageous gigs and in and
out of his own slightly off-kilter imagination. Things always seem
to go utterly wrong for David, and he finds himself embroiled in a
murder, a death-music cult and a mystical battle of the bands.
This is a story of a musician’s search for his real self,
and of music’s power to transform the spirit.

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Editorial Reviews

Scott Schneider
There are not many novels written by musicians. Composing a song is very different than composing a story. This genre is now joined by a first novel by Jonathan L. Segal called The Disharmonic Misadventures of David Stein. This novel follows David Stein, a working pianist dissatisfied with his life playing parties for the rich. He hears a piece of music on the radio which seems transformative and so begins a novel-long quest for the source. It is must reading... for practically everyone.
David Epstein
This first novel combines a bit of magic realism with musical imagery, and evokes vivid details about New York City. It's a good read.
Janet Gari
While the suspense keeps things moving at a fast pace, there is also a great deal of valuable information to be found in this very unusual novel. Don't miss it!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013728172
Publisher:
Jonathan L. Segal
Publication date:
01/05/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
358
File size:
0 MB

Meet the Author

Like the protagonist in “The Disharmonic Misadventures Of David Stein”, Jonathan Segal is a pianist and singer. He has performed at over a thousand events for movie stars, politicians, diplomats, corporations, but mostly for just plain folks. Some of the things Jonathan has done in a long and diverse career: He has composed many themes for network television, including “Monday Night Football” and “Another World”, received an Emmy-nomination for “Outstanding Original Song”, been an on-camera pianist, music director, actor and co-host for various TV comedy shows, including “Afterdrive” hosted by Denis Leary, was musical director for two international education TV specials that were hosted by Tom Brokaw, starred in the first national tour of Broadway’s “Pump Boys And Dinettes” and in “Song Of Singapore” in West Palm Beach, worked in various musical roles for industrial trade shows, appeared in the on-screen band in the feature film “Baby It’s You”, played in Radio City Music Hall’s pit orchestra, served as musical director for Off-Broadway’s “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah”, put out albums of his jazz, pop and country songs, written musicals, performed at the piano with a wide range of artists ranging from Dizzy Gillespie to Chuck Berry, won WNYC’s “Commentary Slam” with his comic essay, and worked extensively with children teaching piano privately and music directing shows and choruses in various schools and camps.

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