Links to book reviews, exhibition reviews and features.

Jazz Practitioner
Doc: The Story of a Birmingham Jazz Man by Dr. Frank Adams with Burgin Mathews (University of Alabama Press, 2012). A new book by one of Birmingham’s old guard jazz players reveals a brilliant story-teller. (Alabama Writers’ Forum)

Shooting Stars
Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music by Henry Horenstein (W.W. Norton & Company). A new book documents the 1970s country music scene. (Black and White)

Out of Time
Both Sides of the Lens: Photographs by the Shackelford Family, Fayette County, Alabama (1900-1935). A photo exhibit details the unusual history of a black family in early 20th-century rural Alabama. (Black and White)

Living on Martian Time
Martian Summer: Robot Arms, Cowboy Spacemen, and My 90 Days with the Phoenix Mars Mission by Andrew Kessler. (Black and White)

Let Freedom Ride, and Ring
Events in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders include an exhibit of photographs by Anniston Star reporter Joseph Postiglione at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the premier of Stanley Nelson’s documentary Freedom Riders on PBS’ American Experience. (Black and White)

20th Century Boy
With impeccable timing, Martin wrote his autobiography Hugh Martin: The Boy Next Door (Trolley Press) a year before his death this March, at age 96. The Birmingham-raised Martin was a master at vocal arrangement and piano accompaniment. (Black and White)

More to come