tone of Nicky Gentil's richly anecdotal narrative will delight not only
pianists and jazz enthusiasts but anyone who just happens to like pianos in
general." - Cadence Info Magazine
A collection of humorous,
touching, unputdownable stories set in Paris, The
Jazz-Girl, the Piano, and the Dedicated Tuner transports
you into a feel-good world of jazz, pianos and the little-known art of
piano tuning. An entertaining slice of life, regardless of whether or not you
play a musical instrument, this book explores the world of Nina Somerville, an
Englishwoman who - while others are going through a mid-life crisis - discovers
by complete chance her true calling: jazz improvisation. In a bid to enjoy that
passion to the full, she purchases the piano of her dreams - a Steinway baby
grand - leading her to make yet another discovery: the intricate mysteries of
the fascinating piano tuning profession.
Against the backdrop of the Eiffel
tower and the Champs-Elysees, from the quest for the perfect sound to an
unexpected chance to perform in public, music takes Nina on a journey which is
at times improbable and hilarious, but equally moving, not to mention extremely
Previously published in France, The Jazz-Girl has been greatly received, and has
the interesting addition of being musically illustrated on the author's YouTube
channel with some characters playing pieces alluded to in the stories.
British national Nicky Gentil (nee Jenkins) has lived in Paris since 1988 where she began her career as a translator shortly after obtaining her degree in French and German from Oxford University. Today, she performs piano jazz in public whenever she can and writes.