• Buck blowing trumpet

    Buck Clayton Collection, University of Missouri - Kansas City

  • Buck Clayton

    Buck Clayton Collection, University of Missouri - Kansas City

  • Canindrome playbill

    Buck Clayton Collection, University of Missouri - Kansas City

  • Canidrome Dancing

    Buck Clayton Collection, University of Missouri - Kansas City

  • Buck and Chinese man

    Buck Clayton Collection, University of Missouri - Kansas City

  • Green Gang Portrait

    © Virtual Cities Project (Institut d’Asie Orientale)

  • Buck Clayton Collection, University of Missouri - Kansas City

  • Japanese Invade

    Japanese Invade Shanghai 1937

  • Refugees

    @ Virtual Cities Project (Institut d’Asie Orientale)

  • Nanking Road by Night

    © Virtual Cities Project (Institut d’Asie Orientale)

Night in Shanghai

Sailing to Shanghai in 1936 to lead a jazz orchestra, Thomas Greene goes from being flat broke in segregated Baltimore to living in a mansion with servants of his own, and from his classical training to jazz, new to him and an almost insurmountable challenge. He prevails to find wealth, position, and love—only to have his life changed forever by the outbreak of World War II.  Based entirely on true events, and filled with real personalities, Night in Shanghai  is a page-turning ride through a chapter of history as fantastic as it is, until now, almost entirely forgotten.

 

“NIGHT IN SHANGHAI, an intelligent historical romance, shows off with forceful insight, terrific characters, and a telling sense of detail.  And, folks, it swings.”    — Alan Cheuse, All Things Considered, NPR

“Comparisons to James Clavell’s epic Asian sagas are appropriate. Never has history sounded so good.”   –Robert Anglen, Arizona Republic

“Music jumps from every page; even if the reader doesn’t know quite what it means to flat the 7th, the sound comes through just fine in Thomas Greene’s voice. A touching story and highly recommended.”  –Historical Novel Society