Title Profile & Character Information

Twelve Bar Blues

Annotation
"In the smoky haze of the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta, no one plays the cornet like Lick Holden. With a purity of tone and tenderness of phrasing, his music has a spirit and passion, artistry and sensuality that sets the jazz scene of early-twentieth-century New Orleans on fire. But he is a haunted man, aching for the love that has left him: the beautiful stepsister whom he searches for among the streets, dance halls, and bordellos of the South." "In 1999, Sylvia Di Napoli, a black English singer and former prostitute, is embarking on her own quest. She travels from London to America to find the answer to the mystery of her family's roots - a voyage that will lead her from Harlem to Chicago to New Orleans, revealing a romantic betrayal buried for generations, and culminating with the lifting of a long-cast African curse."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Characters
NameHolden, Fortis "Lick"
GendersMale
 Male
OccupationsMusician
 Musician
TraitsAfrican American
African American

NameDi Napoli, Sylvia
GendersFemale
 Female
OccupationsSinger
 Singer
TraitsBlack
English
Ex-prostitute
Black
English
Ex-prostitute

NameTongo Kalulu
GendersMale
 Male
OccupationsTribal chief
 Tribal chief
TraitsMarried
Married

GenreDomestic
Fiction
TopicsAfrican Americans
Family histories
Heritage
Jazz music
Race relations
Passing (Identity)
Stepfamilies
Missing persons
African Americans
Family histories
Heritage
Jazz music
Race relations
Passing (Identity)
Stepfamilies
Missing persons
SettingNew Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana