Niyah Moore Visits Oak Park to Promote “Major Jazz”

Author Niyah Moore, seated, enjoys a photo  with Arthur Coronado at Underground Books. Ms. Moore was at the bookstore to promote her lastest novel, “Major Jazz.” OBSERVER photos by Antonio R. Harvey

Author Niyah Moore, seated, enjoys a photo with Arthur Coronado at Underground Books. Ms. Moore was at the bookstore to promote her lastest novel, “Major Jazz.”
OBSERVER photos by Antonio R. Harvey

OAK PARK — Author and Sacramento native Niyah Moore visited Oak Park last week to discuss her latest literary work, “Major Jazz” at Underground Books.

By making a historic distinction, Ms. Moore’s Major Jazz is the story of Major Ingram and life during the iconic jazz/ blues era in San Francisco’s famed Fillmore District.

“The Fillmore,” “The Mo,” or “Fillmoe” was a national enclave for jazz during the 1940s and 1950s when it was honorably refered to as the “Harlem of the West.”

It attracted many leading jazz stalwarts including the legendary trumpeter Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, “Bird”(Charlie Parker), and vocalists Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.

Ms. Moore captures the history of the Fillmore District by filling Major Jazz with passion, music, sorrow, and triumphs. Ms. Moore’s writing and storytelling abilities are superb and highly respected. Major Jazz doesn’t disappoint its readers.

Born and raised in Sacramento, Niyah Moore. Attended Valley High School. She currently lives in the Bay Area. Her works include novels “Guilty Pleasures” and “Bittersweet Exes.”

Ms. Moore, a mother of two children, is also an Honoree of the 2013 Exceptional Women of Color Award of Northern California and she now works with the Jazz Heritage Center in San Francisco.

For more information on Niyah Moore, visit www.niyahmoore.com.