Carol Ealons – Tuxedo Junction, History of Birmingham Jazz

 

Carol Ealons, author of Tuxedo Junction, signs with The Ardent Writer Press!

On a beautiful day (Saturday, April 20th) at the Alabama Book Festival in Montgomery, author Carol Ealons signed with The Ardent Writer Press to publish her well-researched book, Tuxedo Junction, Right Back Where I Belong.

Carol self-published the first edition of this remarkable book about the roots of Jazz in the lively city of Birmingham from its start in the 1920s through its hey-days in the 1950s.  Along the way she also discusses the earlier history of Birmingham and its surrounding towns through the eyes of the African-Americans that built the Steel City, The Pittsburgh of the South.

Carol and The Ardent Writer Press saw the need to bring this story to younger generations who may not appreciate the rich and often forgotten history of the music of the past.   The second edition will be out in the summer.  For the future Carol has other projects to develop about the musical giants of her home state and city that time has forgotten, but history will not.

Carol P. Ealons is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and retired as an Administrator from one of the city’s largest communications centers in 2002.  She first learned about the Tuxedo Junction Dance Hall while dating her husband, James Ealons, Sr. in the early 1970s.  James was a native of Ensley. The stories fascinated her and she always wanted to do something about it. When Carol retired, she had the time and the curiosity to complete the mission.

The Ardent Writer Press welcomes Carol into the fold.

Author Carol Ealons (Tuxedo Junction) socializes with Alabama Jazz Icon, Frank "Doc" Adams and his co-author, Burgin Mathews

Author Carol Ealons (Tuxedo Junction) socializes with Alabama Jazz Icon, Frank “Doc” Adams and his co-author, Burgin Mathews

 

Carol Ealons, author of Tuxedo Junction, with publisher Steve Gierhart at the 2013 Alabama Book Festival

Carol Ealons, author of Tuxedo Junction, with publisher Steve Gierhart at the 2013 Alabama Book Festival

 

Carol Ealons enjoys a moment with a fan at the Alabama Book Festival as Bonny Gierhart, wife of publisher Steve Gierhart, looks on.

Carol Ealons enjoys a moment with a fan at the Alabama Book Festival as Bonny Gierhart, wife of publisher Steve Gierhart, looks on.

Steve Gierhart

Steve Gierhart

Author of Shadow of The Conjurer and Editor at The Ardent Writer Press, LLC
Dale “Steve” Gierhart is a retired business manager for the United States Army. Based in Huntsville, Alabama on Redstone Arsenal, his career lasted from 1975 to 2010 in which he managed contracts, finances/accounting, and cost estimating for several missile defense systems, among which were Stinger, Avenger, Chaparral, Sentinel, JLENS, SLAMRAAM, and Non-Line of Sight.  The author wishes to thank the many co-workers, peers, and contractors who made these programs successful.  It is their tireless work that brought these systems to the soldier that needed them.  While budget constraints made it difficult for some of their work to see its full potential, they never blinked, they adjusted.  They persevered. Steve hails from Shawnee, Oklahoma; but most of his adult life has been spent in the beautiful hills of North Alabama where he lives with his wife, Bonny, who raises Tennessee Walking Horses. Between them, Steve and Bonny have 5 children and 7 grandchildren, and another grandbaby is on the way. Steve enjoys writing now that he is retired and plans more excursions of the imagination. He and Bonny, a retired engineer who worked as a contractor on several NASA and Army programs, will travel in their retirement though 15 horses, 4 dogs and 3 cats can crimp the best of plans.
Steve Gierhart
Steve Gierhart
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Steve Gierhart

About Steve Gierhart

Dale “Steve” Gierhart is a retired business manager for the United States Army. Based in Huntsville, Alabama on Redstone Arsenal, his career lasted from 1975 to 2010 in which he managed contracts, finances/accounting, and cost estimating for several missile defense systems, among which were Stinger, Avenger, Chaparral, Sentinel, JLENS, SLAMRAAM, and Non-Line of Sight.  The author wishes to thank the many co-workers, peers, and contractors who made these programs successful.  It is their tireless work that brought these systems to the soldier that needed them.  While budget constraints made it difficult for some of their work to see its full potential, they never blinked, they adjusted.  They persevered.

Steve hails from Shawnee, Oklahoma; but most of his adult life has been spent in the beautiful hills of North Alabama where he lives with his wife, Bonny, who raises Tennessee Walking Horses.

Between them, Steve and Bonny have 5 children and 7 grandchildren, and another grandbaby is on the way.

Steve enjoys writing now that he is retired and plans more excursions of the imagination.

He and Bonny, a retired engineer who worked as a contractor on several NASA and Army programs, will travel in their retirement though 15 horses, 4 dogs and 3 cats can crimp the best of plans.