Follow a handful of characters through a single day in Philadelphia. 9 year-old Madeline aspiring jazz singer and newly motherless and in more than a bit of trouble. Sania — newly divorced and newly back in her home town, a grade school teacher whose impulsive acceptance of a dinner invitation from a high school friend will put her face to face with a piece of the past she’d as soon forget. And finally Lorca the third generation owner of the run-down jazz club of the title whose musicians make his life complicated and whose club has been threatened with closing because of his lax attention to the letter of the law. Through the day (Christmas Eve eve) the characters make their way to their crossed destiny, The Cat’s Pajamas club at 2am. The writing is bouncy, breezy and seems effortless. There is no striving for effect. And the story braid is original — though the characters and dilemmas are standard enough. It’s a lot about how hard love can be, how it gets derailed and mistreated. Each character loves someone who they can’t quite connect with. But in the end… it comes out right. Well mostly, there is the matter of the club closing, but Lorca seems to find this a relief.
There is a bit of magical realism at the end was kind of weird.
Jazz fans will appreciate the name drops and lyrics.
* likable characters having a weird and wonderful day *