Jabberwocky Audio Theater (Quorum)

July 2012. After dealing with Las Vegas mobsters and other ambitious criminal elements, former online poker pro Jimmy Harmon has returned to his old haunts in Los Angeles. Eager to rebuild both his life and his bankroll, Jimmy finds himself drawn back into intrigue as he ventures into the world of Hollywood high-stakes underground poker — meeting potential allies and adversaries along the way… as well as an unexpected individual from his past.

Rated AD-PG, so parental guidance is suggested

Contains gambling (if you consider poker gambling — but betting on horse races definitely falls into that category), drinking alcoholic beverages (quality Scotch, a Harvey Wallbanger, and as it turns out, a fair amount of rum), cigar smoking, a reference to illegal drug use, irresponsible pistol wielding, and multiple instances of semi-adult language (“ass” and “dumbass,” several uses of “damn,” “SOB” and “hell,” use of JC’s name in vain, “dicking,” and “crap”).

Direct download: quorum_ep013.m4a
Category:Quorum -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

A professional poker player finds himself embroiled in a deadly plot involving everyone from gangsters to nefarious government agents. A bicycle messenger on her last day must avoid both schemers intend on foiling her final delivery and the malicious antics of her courier competitors. All while a mysterious cabal of conspirators manipulates events behind the scenes. Join us as we revisit the events of The Gambler’s Tale: Outstanding Debts and The Messenger’s Tale in advance of The Gambler’s Tale: All That Glitters.

Rated AD-PG, so parental guidance is suggested

Contains semi-adult language (several instances of “hell” and “damn” and variations thereof, including GD, “crap,” “pissant,” “half-assed,” several uses of SOB, JC’s name in vain, and “Oh my God” used as an exclamation), fisticuffs, multiple incidents of gunfire, car-bombing, several instances of vehicular assault (up to and including homicide), kidnapping, discovery of a dead body, intimations of murder, references to exotic dancing and prostitution, references to illegal drug use, several instances of unsafe driving (and biking), and conspiracy with a shocking lack of care for its violent consequences.

Direct download: quorum_ep012.m4a
Category:Quorum -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

Washington, DC, September 2011. A city as renowned for pushing papers as for pushing deadlines.But even now, with the capital city clinging to its archaic traditions, 21st century technology is forcing even this town to adapt -- upending industries once deemed indispensable. That said, change in the heart of American government still occurs at a glacial pace.

Rated AD-PG, so parental guidance is suggested
Contains multiple variations of someone being called an ass, one instance each of “son of a bitch” as well as “crazy bitch” and taking JC’s name in vain. Plus, misogyny, car crashes and related violence, and cold calculations that affect human lives.

Direct download: quorum_ep011.m4a
Category:Quorum -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

Professional poker player Jimmy Harmon’s time in Las Vegas has been anything but routine. A bomb set by a henchman named Watson — ostensibly in the employ of Las Vegas gangster Wiktoria Sałkiewicz — has apparently led to the death of Harmon’s friend Will Archer. 

Harmon makes his way to the Remington Hotel, only to discover his role model “Big Mike” Dalton, part owner of online gaming site All-In Poker, has been deeply involved in the past week’s activities — though the veteran player was unprepared for the latest turn.

Direct download: quorum_ep010.m4a
Category:Quorum -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

Professional poker player Jimmy Harmon has been dogged by a string of misfortunes and mysteries. Trying to stay ahead of Las Vegas gangster Wiktoria Sałkiewicz has seemingly led to the death of his friend Will Archer, in a car bomb apparently meant for him. Harmon finds himself interrogated by Las Vegas police detective Ben Marshall, but is reluctant to pin the blame on the mobster. Further inquiry implies that Sałkiewicz herself may be the target of unknown forces intent on buying out the Limelight Hotel that she makes her home base. But before Wiktoria can reveal the full scope of her suspicions on the true culprit behind the attempt on Harmon’s life, they find themselves under attack. Narrowly escaping the assailants, Harmon heads out of town, but ends up pursuing another trail with fellow gambler Rachael Leblanc — commonly known as “Peeps.” Tracking the body’s demise back to the Lyon Majestic Hotel, Harmon and Peeps uncover a cadre of federal agents keeping a secret witness, Peter Sokolov, under wraps, along with information about significant action to be taken the following day. One step ahead of the agents, Harmon makes his way to the Remington Hotel, where his friend “Big Mike” Dalton, mainstay of the Vegas poker scene and front man for the online poker website All-In Poker, has offered to help. But an inopportune slip cues Harmon into a new, as-yet-unanticipated threat.

Direct download: quorum_ep009.m4a
Category:Quorum -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

From poker player to amateur gumshoe, Jimmy Harmon has been following a trail of mystery in and around Las Vegas: from a car bomb that appears to have killed his friend, Will Archer, to a shootout between gangster Wiktoria Sałkiewicz and a cadre of SUV-driving assailants to a cryptic plea from a terrified dancer to a half-buried body in the desert. Harmon and fellow poker player, Peeps, manage to sneak their way into the Lyon Majestic hotel and into the room of the mysterious "money man" they believe is behind everything... only to discover a new twist. Barely escaping ahead of the federal agents whose nest they've stumbled into, Harmon and Peeps emerge into the hotel lobby only to face a renewed threat...

Direct download: quorum_ep008.m4a
Category:Quorum -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

Sought out by multiple unknown adversaries, from Las Vegas gangster Wiktoria Sałkiewicz to what seemed to be two factions of black SUV-driving pursuers, poker player Jimmy Harmon has followed a trail of bread crumbs given to him by a Las Vegas dancer named Amber. Deciphering Amber's cryptic message, Harmon and fellow poker player Peeps discover the body of a prostitute, Jasmine, half-buried in the Nevada desert. Tracing the body back to a local brothel, Harmon is rebuffed in his attempts to gather more information, but the savvy Peeps is able to assemble conclusions from seemingly obscure details. Barely managing to evade their pursuers, Harmon resolves to return to the city to confirm their suspicions and investigate further... 

Direct download: quorum_ep007.m4a
Category:Quorum -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

A special bonus for JAT listeners: the complete track of one of jazz tracks we recording specifically for Quorum.

 

Brooks Tegler, whom many listeners probably know as Captain Reg Macorum on Rogue Tyger, is also an accomplished jazz musician and band leader. We used much of his music for Quorum, but we didn't quite have what we needed for the "chase music." So what we did we do? Ask Brooks to do what he does best: organize a group of seasoned pros to record some new tracks.

This is one of the takes from that recording session.

Direct download: Bonus_-_Quorum_Blues.mp3
Category:Quorum -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Poker player Jimmy Harmon has found himself embroiled in a struggle between Las Vegas gangster Wiktoria Sałkiewicz and one, or more, sets of opponents with unknown motives. But his escape is nearly derailed when a local dancer, Amber, is attacked in broad daylight. With the help of fellow gambler, Peeps, Harmon is well on his way back to California when he gets sidetracked by a mysterious message given to him by Amber before the assault...

Direct download: quorum_ep006.m4a
Category:Quorum -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

Poker player Jimmy Harmon had been hoping to recover some of his diminished bankroll, but found himself caught in the middle of a conflict between shady Las Vegas gangster Wiktoria Sałkiewicz and unknown assailants desperate to take her out -- the conflict that has apparently already taken the life of his friend, Will Archer...

Direct download: quorum_ep005.m4a
Category:Quorum -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

Deeply indebted poker player, Jimmy Harmon, is desperately trying to evade the clutches of his investor: shady Las Vegas gangster Wiktoria Sałkiewicz. After coming up short in his attempts to restore his bankroll by calling in old debts, he moves quickly to leave town. But his plans are stopped cold when his friend, Will Archer, goes to get Harmon's car... 

Direct download: quorum_ep004.m4a
Category:Quorum -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

Coming up short in his attempts to call in debts from veteran poker player “Big Mike” Dalton, Jimmy Harmon has resolved to leave town before his chief creditor, Wiktoria Sałkiewicz, catches up with him. But when he encounters quirky fellow poker player Peeps, a sudden and dramatic turn of events may set him along another path.

Direct download: quorum_ep003.m4a
Category:Quorum -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

Down-on-his-luck poker player Jimmy Harmon finds himself back in Las Vegas in an attempt to replenish his meager bankroll. But it appears that one of his less-than-reputable creditors, Wiktoria Sałkiewicz, has caught up to him... and is not particularly scrupulous as to how she recovers her investment.

Direct download: quorum_ep002.m4a
Category:Quorum -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

Throughout history, there has always been a chasm between the bulk of humanity and the enigmatic circle who hold true dominion. Those whose influence remains shrouded, save for the rare instances when their designs cross into the outside world... and the real-world repercussions of their schemes can play out with dramatic results.

Direct download: quorum_ep001.m4a
Category:Quorum -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

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