Like so many young men in Harlem, Miles wants to be a HIP-HOP ARTIST. But a chance encounter with a future nemesis during a rainstorm propels his life in an unexpected direction. Not only does his foe steal his newly repaired horn, but also a ring with special powers that belongs to his Uncle Roland. Aided by his uncle, a jazz journeyman, he embarks on a mystical musical odyssey. Traveling along the Chitlin' Circuit, they traverse time and place to visit jazz heroes, old and new. Miles learns about one of America's great art forms and dreams of furthering his musical education. Yet throughout this upbeat trip through time, his fiendish foe waits for a chance to settle an old score. Author Bio: J. A. Rollins, a product of the Maryland public school system, was introduced to music at an early age. After mastering the saxophone, he joined several neighborhood bands, and he started playing professionally as a teen. Though he played R&B, he was introduced to jazz by a neighbor who was a self-taught musician. Rollins earned a number of professional college degrees, but he never forgot the jazz music that had been so influential in his life. After a successful career in medicine, he returned to his musical roots, and w he frequently enjoys leisure time in juke joints and neighborhood smoky dives, listening to jazz. His new goal, like that of Miles, the protagonist in his vel series, ii-V-I: A JassOdyssey, is to rebuild old horns, supply them to kids in the neighborhood and teach them how to play them.