Renatta DeBlase Author of With Stars in My Eyes Audio Book and Ebook

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Renatta DeBlase

Renatta DeBlase

I grew up in Rochester, New York, and was raised in a good middle-class family. I received a degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Rochester in 1963 and then went on to graduate school at Stanford and Rutgers universities, where I continued to study Spanish literature and linguistics.

After completing my graduate studies, I worked with disadvantaged children for a while in New Jersey and also promoted jazz on a volunteer basis, but all of that changed in October of 1967 when I met the famous jazz pianist, composer,and star of radio and TV, Billy Taylor, who literally hired me to do promotional work for him as soon as we met. I worked for Billy, also on a volunteer basis, from late 1967 until 1972, when Columbia Artists Management offered to arrange a tour for him and some of his colleagues. This was quite an accomplishment in 1972 when Columbia Artists did not represent any black jazz musicians. It was during this period that I was able to offer Duke Ellington unlimited book proposals on behalf of Simon & Schuster, where I was hired as an editorial assistant in 1969.

I have about 30 years of publishing experience, having worked as an editor in New York for Litton Industries and KTAV Publishers, and on a freelance basis for Princeton University Press, the University of Pennsylvania Press, the National Legal Center, and the American Enterprise Institute.

In 1984, I relocated to Washington, D.C. and spent a total of 22 years working first for Arnold & Porter law firm and then at Hogan Lovells law firm as a legal and general editor and proofreader. During this time, I also did a great deal of charity work, especially trying to rescue abandoned dogs and cats, who literally wander the streets of Washington, DC and Maryland and are totally homeless. I retired in 2009 but would like to do some freelance editing to supplement my retirement income, but at the present time, I am dedicating my time to promoting my audiobook, titled With Stars in My Eyes, because it is rich in jazz history as well as African-American history and culture and will appeal to three generations of jazz fans.

I can be reached at, 301-779-9571


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With Stars In My Eyes CD CoverThis audio book tells the story of a courageous young idealistic woman’s love for jazz music and how she helped to achieve equality for jazz musicians such as Billy Taylor and Duke Ellington.

Her story starts in 1967 during the height of the Civil Rights Movements while she was still a student and chronicles how she overcame her struggles and pursued her dream of promoting jazz music.

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