Arizona Book Shelf Book Store

The Arizona Book Shelf Book Store features several local Tucson, Arizona authors who have released several new books on the shelves and online. These local books can be purchased in Tucson bookstores, including Mostly Books, Antigone Books, Summit Hut, Oracle Inn and online at Amazon.com.

Authors Robert Zucker, William Flint Carter and Ron Quinn are featured in an upcoming edition of “Arizona Book Shelf” available at the above locations, public libraries and there Tucson, AZ outlets in September. These books are published through BZB Publishing (owners of Entertainment Magazine and EMOL.org website).


This Month’s Featured Arizona Books from BZB Publishing


"Entertaining Tucson"

Entertaining Tucson by Robert Zucker

Fifty years of Tucson entertainment, thousands of entertainers and hundreds of bands in Tucson, Arizona between the 1950s into the 2000s. Read chapters and download free PDFsample.


Treasures of the Catalinas, Robert Zucker"Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains"

Legends of lost mines, lost cities and a lost mission in the Santa Catalina Mountains, North of Tucson, Arizona, have been passed down by word of mouth for generations. Read chapters and download free PDF sample.

Tucson Book Shelf: Local Authors

Tucson Local Authors

Local Tucson authors have released several new books on the shelves and online. These books can be purchased in Tucson bookstores and Amazon.com. Read sample pages, download free PDF samples. Read the new edition of Tucson Bookshelf and Arizona Bookshelf publication.

The Entertainment Book company no longer has a Tucson, Arizona office. The new Tucson entertainment book edition is available through the official Entertainment web site.



Entertaining Tucson by Robert Zucker"Entertaining Tucson"

Fifty years of Tucson entertainment, thousands of entertainers and hundreds of bands in Tucson, Arizona between the 1950s into the 2000s. Read chapters and download free PDFsample.


Treasures of the Catalinas, Robert Zucker"Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains"

Legends of lost mines, lost cities and a lost mission in the Santa Catalina Mountains, North of Tucson, Arizona, have been passed down by word of mouth for generations. Read chapters and download free PDF sample.

Read more Tucson Local Author’s Book Shelf.

Timothy Wenzel: What We Hold Dear

“One of the most important lessons in life,” says keyboardist-composer Timothy Wenzel, “is to learn to concentrate on what we have rather than what we don’t have. As a reminder of that I titled my new album What We Hold Dear and each of the musical themes reflects various aspects of life that are especially meaningful to me.”

Wenzel goes on to explain, “As the album cover artwork shows, if after a natural disaster you have your arms around your family, you still have the most important things in your life. Everything is secondary to those whom I hold dear. Number one is the people I love. But moving down my own personal list, I also have strong love for music, nature, our world and the universe, spirituality, dreams, special places I have lived and traveled to, wonderful people I have come in to contact with, and the power of rivers, lakes and oceans.”

Timothy Wenzel is a former scientist who has become a leading new age music keyboardist over the past few years. He uses his music to explore both major universal concepts as well as philosophies, feelings and adventures that pertain to our daily lives. Musically Wenzel places the most emphasis on piano, which he has played all his life, but he also is a master synthesist and augments the piano parts with a wide variety of instrumental sounds including flute, woodwinds, harp, guitars, strings, bass, drums and percussion. Wenzel’s music has great appeal in the new age genre, especially because of the haunting melodies and dreamy arrangements that create a sense of peacefulness and relaxation.

Wenzel is joined on What We Hold Dear by several special guests — violinist Josie Quick who plays on 10 of the 12 tracks (she also appeared on his last recording), cellist Jordan Schug (who is on half of the tunes) and singer Sarah Joerz (who vocalizes wordlessly on one piece). Quick is a member of the progressive groups Perpetual Motion, The Coyote Poets of the Universe and the Frontera String Quartet. Schug, who has backed Richie Cole and Jon Hendricks in concert, plays jazz cello in a number of groups including The Wildcats, The Schug-Jellick Duo and the Detroit Jazz Legacy Ensemble.

What We Hold Dear follows Wenzel’s previous albums Mountains Take Wing (on which he explored earth and nature), A Coalescence of Dreams (centered on dreams and our personal journey), River Serene (a flowing river serves as an analogy for life), Summon the Wind (using the wind metaphor to explore life’s pervasive forces) and Distant Horseman (extending thoughts about life to include the entire universe). He also recently recorded a duet CD, Such a Long Time, with singer Anne Cozean. More information on Timothy Wenzel is available at his website (timothywenzel.com). All of his CDs and digital download tracks from those recordings are available at online sales sites such as CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody and many others.

His albums regularly receive airplay on hundreds of radio stations and channels around the world, and always race into the Top 10 on the international Zone Music Reporter Top 100 monthly airplay chart. Distant Horseman was the #3 album on the ZMR Chart and went #1 on numerous monthly New Age Music Charts: Got Radio’s New Age Nuance Channel, Our Place Radio Channel, Montana Public Radio, WAWL (Chattanooga, Tennessee), WFCF (St. Augustine, Florida), KRCB (Rohnert Park, California) and WVUD (Newark, Delaware).

There is always a visual element within Wenzel’s music which is often inspired by dreams, films, stories and nature scenery. In addition, for each tune he usually seeks out an appropriate piece of artwork which he makes available for viewing on his website. Wenzel also is an avid photographer.

Some of the music on What We Hold Dear was inspired by nature. Wenzel turned the idea of “Murmuration” into music (it is a collective term for starlings). “When thousands of starlings swirl in the air together as a unit, it is like a dance of nature.” Wenzel wrote “Appalachian Waters” about his time living in West Virginia (“I loved the beauty of nature there and the traditional mountain music.”). “Desert Dream” grew out of the feeling “of being in the Southwestern desert with a tribe long ago going through a deep mysterious spiritual rite.” The composition “On A Quiet Night” came from a thrilling night of photography when Wenzel went out into the country alone to capture the aurora borealis. Wenzel has often explored water themes which he returns to with “Turquoise Sky, Emerald Sea.” “Waves on the ocean can be very lulling and soothing, but this simple melody also affected me emotionally because it brought back memories of youth and falling in love.”

Other tunes on the recording explore the spirituality of our lives — “Ascension” (“My aspiration is to rise higher both spiritually and musically, to ascend beyond boundaries and limits.”), “Incantations” (“Spells and chants can lead to a powerful personal transformation especially when you get so enraptured and caught up in the vision that you go beyond your normal realm.”) and “Moon Dance” (“Humans have always looked up at the moon, felt its magic, and been inspired, even compelled, to dance happily through the night.”).

While the title tune, “What We Hold Dear,” musically summarizes what is most important to each of us, on other tunes Wenzel explores a variety of life’s meaningful moments. “Hypnotized” is a love song. “When you feel the hypnotic effect of love it is a remarkable kind of mesmerizing experience.” Wenzel taps into the sadness of being separated from family and friends in the piece “In A Little While” (“The sense of leaving, of displacement, and the yearning for reunion evokes strong emotions.”). For “A Spring Day in Autumn,” Wenzel fantasizes about “what if an older person suddenly was able to experience their youth again, but with the perspective that all of their years have given them.”

Wenzel spent his childhood in South Haven, Michigan, where he was born and raised. As a boy he divided his time between being outdoors enjoying nature, but also inside playing the piano. “There was always a piano in our house. It was built by my grandfather who worked in a piano factory.” Tim’s mother played piano and encouraged him to play. He started plunking on the keys when he was three and two years later was taking lessons. Wenzel says, “I was deeply into classical music at first, but later I started being influenced by rock’n’roll and what I heard on the radio.” Initially Wenzel enjoyed Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull and the Moody Blues, and later Fleetwood Mac and U2. As he got older he began to appreciate new age music (“George Winston and the whole rosters of the Windham Hill and Narada labels”) and Celtic sounds — Loreena McKennitt, Clannad, Enya and Sara McLachlan.

Music is Wenzel’s second fulltime career following an initial career in science. “Music and science have always been my two main passions. I see a correlation between them. Scientific exploration is full of creativity and is very much like writing a song. In both cases you start with an idea and then explore the possibilities of where it can lead.” He earned a BS degree in Chemistry at the University of Missouri, then his Masters and PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry at Cornell University. He first served as a post-doctoral researcher in organometallic chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley. This led to a career in research science, first with Union Carbide in West Virginia, and then with Dow Chemical back in Michigan where he still lives. “I primarily worked in making polymers using catalysts. Polymers are a chemical compound of repeating structural units. My work was primarily in polyethylene using a new generation of catalysts to make different plastics. The highlight of my career was when they let me run with a far-out idea I had, and I headed a team that found a way to make two catalysts talk to each other. It is a powerful technique to make new types of polymers. It was a major discovery.”

Wenzel says, “Life is full of loss, but even when we lose people or things it helps us put life into perspective and teaches us that what is most important is what we still have. I hope the music on What We Hold Dear is not only entertaining, but also provokes some thoughts about what are actually the most important things in our lives.”

Michael Feinstein in NYC

MICHAEL FEINSTEIN: AN OLD FASHIONED CROONER CHARMS FANS IN THE APPEL ROOM AT NEW YORK CITY’S JAZZ AT LINCON CENTER

Michael Feinstein in New York Coty. 2017

BY: LYNN MARIE

Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, five time Grammy –nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” is considered one of the world’s foremost interpreters of American standards, especially for Irving Berlin’s work. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl.

In 2013, MICHAEL put down his microphone and picked up the baton. Michael was honored to be named the Principal Pops Conductor at the Pasadena POPS in Southern California, where he is following in the footsteps of the great Marvin Hamlisch—certainly a position in which Michael can continue to share his limitless passion for music with the world.

Michael Feinstein, an artist who needs no introduction, is part of the spring Jazz At Lincoln Center series on Jazz Age masters which showcased the work of Nat King Cole.

Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American singer who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. He was widely noted for his soft baritone voice, performing in big band and jazz genres, and was a major force in popular music for three decades. Cole was one of the first African Americans to host a national television variety show, The Nat King Cole Show. His recordings remained popular worldwide after his death from lung cancer in February 1965.
Now in it’s seventh consecutive year, Jazz and Popular Song Series with Michael Feinstein pays tribute to some of the best artists in musical history.
Big bold talent took over the Appeal Room like guest artist’s Canadian based singer Denzal Sinclaire who lent his talents to the evening’s performance along with Carol Woods.
Woods and Feinstein also sang a duet of “Unforgettable” which was truly unforgettable.


Read more articles, interviews and reviews by LYNN MARIE.

Hey, I’m on the dollar bill!

By Robert Zucker
Entertainment Magazine

(Note: this futuristic science-fiction story was first written in 2001, but it may soon come true)

Since dollar bills have been found contaminated on the West Coast recently in another terrorist attack, businesses have stopped accepting cash. Now everyone needs a credit card or become “SMART.”

I received my new “SMART ID” card in the mail last week. There’s an amazingly large, 3-D, hologram of my face on the front – almost like Washington on the dollar bill. When I turn the card, I can even see the bald spot growing on the back of my head.

But, I still have to go downtown to one of the government buildings, the post office, bank or the airport to redo my fingerprint smudge on the back side of the card. It looks like my thumb is a butt print. I also notice on the back of a dollar bill my new card has a strange design. But it glows and looks 3-D when I rotate it. Cool!

This new ID replaces my driver’s license when I had to write a check and show ID. The cashier just scans that SMART ID and it automatically deducts from either my savings or credit account. No need to show ID’s that eye scan on the back of the card and face-recognition scan of my head immediately identifies me after a quick blink into the lens. Whenever I buy food, clothes, gas, whatever, I don’t need to reach for change. I am Master of my own MasterCard. Fast!

At work, I slide the card past the time clock and slip into my cubicle. There’s a ton of e-mail messages waiting for my response. Most seem to be daily reports that Homeland Security sends everyone. It’s mandatory to review in order to prevent ID fraud. I could also go online and let those “cookies” do the work for me, but I am still uneasy with someone tracking me while I watch.

Now that the government will issue every American their own smartphone, we can automatically keep tupdated on our personal travels, upcoming appointments, transactions and even have that nifty GIS locator keep track of where I’ve been. That way, I won’t have to type in my nearest intersection coordinates. I really like using my Palm to call home or whoever I want to speak to for free. I don’t want to complain, but I don’t like having to scan that card every time I flush the toilet.

I also don’t like scanning my card every time I get stopped at one of those “surprise” check points. They seem to pop up just after I make a right-hand turn. I knew those cameras perched like silver cones in the intersection were going to be used for something. Even before I turn the corner, the officers know who I am. They scan my car’s front license plate and have my ID ready for me. I hate when they flash that light in my face. It seems someone else also has a similar eye pattern. It has been embarrassing when I scan at the supermarket.

DUI checkpoints have disappeared since that suicide car bomb spree blamed on some new terrorist group. Now, everyone blows their breath into one of those strange plastic tubes at these stops. Luckily, mine always turns blue. Someone once told me their tube turned red, but an on-the-spot chemical analysis only showed extra onions from yesterday’s lunch. Imagine having to go through your smartphones log in front of some strange officer, in the middle of the street, just to prove the onions from Burger King could signal a red. I heard it can detect chemicals from three feet away.

Yesterday, I was stopped during a police “field interview.” It seems I drove by a house yesterday just after a burglar alarm was tripped. That turned out to be a false alarm. But, I still have to scan my card, just in case. This officer doesn’t take VISA.

Other scans seem to speed things up. I can scan in and out quickly when I need to visit the library, the mall and even the ballgame. No more ID checkpoint lines. I’m SMART.

These new SMART ID’s do make life easier. I can quickly get into the movies without going through that annoying background check for people without SMARTS, I am able to buy whatever I want whenever I need it and all those sales receipts are automatically sent to IRS so I never have to do taxes. Finally, I don’t have to pay taxes anymore. The government has direct withdrawal from my accounts. Direct deposit in, direct withdrawal out. Simple. Sorry, Wyatt. It looks like I won’t need an accountant now.

I can pay my bills, my mortgage, even my credit cards easily online by scanning my card into my Palm or computer at home or work. I gaze into that little camera perched above the screen and, wham, everything is paid at once. No more checks, no more postage.

I can get SMART by ordering anything I want online. I just scan my card and pick it up on the way home. The Post Office may still may still deliver it, but then it will have to be scanned again when I take it out of my mail box. Also, when it’s sanitized in the mailbox, it may drip anti-bacterium into the package. Not good for takeout food.

The SMART CARD may be a smart idea when the government soon offers an alternative to the National ID idea. This is a softer way to keep a free society, yet allow the necessary oversee needed to keep it a clean society. And, no more racial profiling. It’s in my Card.

I am even considering a SMART chip. That way, I don’t have it scan my card. It’s in my head.


Robert E. Zucker is publisher of the Entertainment Magazine web site at EMOL.org. The web site has been online since 1995.