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A photo of King of ragtime : the story of Scott Joplin

King of ragtime : the story of Scott Joplin

This toe-tapping picture book biography of African American composer Scott Joplin, whose ragtime music paved the way for jazz, is told through kaleidoscopic illustrations.

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A photo of ¡Mambo mucho mambo! : the dance that crossed color lines

¡Mambo mucho mambo! : the dance that crossed color lines

"Millie danced to jazz in her Italian neighborhood. Pedro danced to Latin songs in his Puerto Rican neighborhood. It was the 1940s in New York City, and they were forbidden to dance together... until first a band and then a ballroom broke the rules. Machito and His Afro-Cubans hit the scene with a brand-new sound, blending jazz trumpets and saxophones with Latin maracas and congas creating Latin jazz, music for the head, the heart, and the hips. Then the Palladium Ballroom issued a bold challenge to segregation and threw open its doors to all. Illustrated with verve and told through real-life characters who feature in an afterword, ¡Mambo Mucho Mambo! portrays the power of music and dance to transcend racial, religious, and ethnic boundaries."--

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A photo of Jazz for lunch

Jazz for lunch

After lunch at a very crowded jazz cafe, a boy and his Auntie Nina are inspired to create a feast of their own with such treats as Thelonious Monk Fish and Nat King Cole Slaw.

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A photo of Lookin' for Bird in the big city

Lookin' for Bird in the big city

A fictionalized account of the time when, as a teen-age music student, trumpeter Miles Davis spent many hours trying to find Charlie Parker in New York City.

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A photo of John Coltrane's Giant steps

John Coltrane's Giant steps

John Coltrane's musical composition is performed by a box, a snowflake, some raindrops, and a kitten.

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A photo of This Jazz Man

This Jazz Man

Presents an introduction to jazz and nine well-known jazz musicians, set to the rhythm of the traditional song, "This Old Man." Includes brief facts about each musician.

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Jazz

Illustrations and rhyming text celebrate the roots of jazz music.

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A photo of Jazz baby

Jazz baby

Baby and his family make some jazzy music.

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Jazz baby

A group of children move and play, hum and sleep to a jazz beat.

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A photo of This Jazz Man

This Jazz Man

Presents an introduction to jazz music and nine well-known jazz musicians, set to the rhythm of the traditional song, "This Old Man." Includes brief facts about each musician.

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A photo of Rent party jazz

Rent party jazz

When Sonny's mother loses her job in New Orleans during the Depression, Smilin' Jack, a jazz musician, tells him how to organize a rent party to raise the money they need.

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A photo of Jazz Age Josephine

Jazz Age Josephine

A tribute to the life of the iconic jazz entertainer depicts her disadvantaged youth in a segregated America, her unique performance talents, and the irrepressible sense of style that helped her overcome racial barriers.

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A photo of Ella : Queen of Jazz

Ella : Queen of Jazz

The inspiring, true story of how a remarkable friendship between Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe was born - and how they worked together to overcome prejudice and adversity.

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A photo of Louis Armstrong : jazz legend

Louis Armstrong : jazz legend

"Describes the life of Louis Armstrong, focusing on his rise as a pop-culture icon"--Provided by publisher.

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A photo of How Jelly Roll Morton invented jazz

How Jelly Roll Morton invented jazz

"In this unusual ... picture book that riffs on the language and rhythms of old New Orleans, ... picture book biographer Jonah Winter ... turns his focus to one of America's early jazz heroes"--Amazon.com.

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A photo of Django : [world's greatest jazz guitarist]

Django : [world's greatest jazz guitarist]

Born into a travelling gypsy family, young Django Reinhardt taught himself guitar at an early age. He was soon acclaimed as the "Gypsy Genius" and "Prodigy Boy," but one day his world changed completely when a fire claimed the use of his fretting hand. Folks said Django would never play again, but with passion and perseverance he was soon setting the world's concert stages ablaze.

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A photo of Jazz day the making of a famous photograph

Jazz day the making of a famous photograph

What happens when you invite as many jazz musicians as you can to pose for a photo in 1950s Harlem? Playful verse and glorious artwork capture an iconic moment for American jazz.

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A photo of Mama Mable's all-gal big band jazz extravaganza!

Mama Mable's all-gal big band jazz extravaganza!

Creative nonfiction story about Mama Mable's racially integrated, all-female band travels the country during World War II, bringing joy and healing to the home front. Includes author's note.

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A photo of Sonny's bridge : jazz legend Sonny Rollins finds his groove

Sonny's bridge : jazz legend Sonny Rollins finds his groove

"Sonny Rollins is one of the most prolific sax players in the history of jazz, but in 1959, at the height of his career, he vanished from the scene. His return to music was an interesting journey - with a long detour on the Williamsburg Bridge. Too loud to practice in his apartment, Rollins played on the New York City landmark for two years among the cacophony of the traffic and the stares of bystanders. Then in 1962, Rollins went back to the studio and recorded arguably his best album to date: The Bridge. Told with a jazz edge to the rhyming text, young readers will be inspired by the genius of this jazz legend." --

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A photo of Born to swing : Lil Hardin Armstrong's life in jazz

Born to swing : Lil Hardin Armstrong's life in jazz

Ever since she was a young girl, Lil Hardin played music with a beat. She jammed at home, at church, and even at her first job in a music store. At a time when women's only place in jazz was at the microphone, Lil earned a spot playing piano in Chicago's hottest band.

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A photo of Struttin' with some barbecue : Lil Hardin Armstrong becomes the first lady of jazz

Struttin' with some barbecue : Lil Hardin Armstrong becomes the first lady of jazz

"This is the true story of Lil Hardin Armstrong: pianist, composer, and bandleader in the early days of jazz. Ahead of her time, Lil made a career for herself--and for Louis Armstrong, her modest, unassuming husband ... Scat-inspired verse celebrates how Lil overcame race and gender barriers to become the first lady of the Chicago jazz scene"--Publisher marketing.

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A photo of Nina : jazz legend and civil-rights activist Nina Simone

Nina : jazz legend and civil-rights activist Nina Simone

With evocative black-and-white illustrations and moving prose, readers are introduced to Nina Simone, jazz-music legend and civil-rights activist. Shared as a lullaby to her daughter, a soulful song recounts Simone's career, the trials she faced as an African American woman, and the stand she took during the Civil Rights Movement. This poignant picture book offers a melodic tale that is both a historic account of an iconic figure and an extraordinary look at how far we've come and how far we still need to go for social justice and equality. A timeless and timely message aptly appropriate for today's social and political climates.

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A photo of Jazz day : the making of a famous photograph

Jazz day : the making of a famous photograph

When Esquire magazine planned an issue to salute the American jazz scene in 1958, graphic designer Art Kane pitched a crazy idea: how about gathering a group of beloved jazz musicians and photographing them? He didn't own a good camera, didn't know if any musicians would show up, and insisted on setting up the shoot in front of a Harlem brownstone. Could he pull it off? In a captivating collection of poems, Roxane Orgill steps into the frame of Harlem 1958, bringing to life the musicians' mischief and quirks, their memorable style, and the vivacious atmosphere of a Harlem block full of kids on a hot summer's day. Francis Vallejo's vibrant, detailed, and wonderfully expressive paintings do loving justice to the larger-than-life quality of jazz musicians of the era. Includes bios of several of the fifty-seven musicians, an author's note, sources, a bibliography, and a foldout of Art Kane's famous photograph.

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A photo of Stompin' at the Savoy : how Chick Webb became the king of drums

Stompin' at the Savoy : how Chick Webb became the king of drums

"Though a disability stunted his growth and left him with a hunched back, William Henry "Chick" Webb did not let that get in the way of his musical pursuits. Even as a young child, Chick saw the world as one big drum, pounding out rhythms on everything from stair railings to pots and pans. His love of percussion brought him to the big time as an influential big band leader. This picture-book biography details the life of black American jazz drummer Chick Webb, who in the 1930s led one of the big bands of the swing era, earning him the nickname the "King of the Savoy."" --

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A photo of Who was Duke Ellington?

Who was Duke Ellington?

"A pivotal fixture of the Harlem Renaissance, Duke Ellington was the bandleader of the historic Cotton Club and a master composer -- writing close to 3,000 songs in his lifetime and capturing the spirit of the Black experience in the Unites States. Over a 50-year career, Ellington became one of the biggest names in jazz as we know it"--

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A photo of Double bass blues

Double bass blues

After school orchestra practice, young Nic carries his double bass through rough neighborhoods to his grandfather's home, where he and Grandaddy Nic play jazz music with friends, delighting the neighbors.

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A photo of The 5 O'clock Band

The 5 O'clock Band

After letting his band down by missing rehearsal, Shorty has some serious questions about what it means to be a leader so he hits the New Orleans streets to find some answers.

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A photo of Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald

Presents information about Ella Fitzgerald, from her youth mired in tragedy to her rise to stardom as one of the top jazz singers of all time.

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A photo of Strange fruit : Billie Holiday and the power of a protest song

Strange fruit : Billie Holiday and the power of a protest song

Silence. That was the response at Cafe Society the first time Billie Holiday performed a song called "Strange Fruit." In the 1930s, Billie was known as a performer of jazz and blues music, but her song wasn't either of those things. It was a song about injustice, and it would change her life forever. Discover how two outsiders -- Billie Holiday, a young black woman raised in poverty, and Abel Meeropol, the son of Jewish immigrants -- combined their talents to create a song that challenged racism and paved the way for the civil rights movement.

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A photo of Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty

"Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high. A prodigy, he was leading his own band by age six, and today this Grammy-nominated artist headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest"--

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A photo of Just a lucky so and so the story of Louis Armstrong

Just a lucky so and so the story of Louis Armstrong

This joyful tribute to Louis Armstrong tells the story of the virtuoso musician and buoyant personality who introduced much of the world to jazz. From his youth in New Orleans, the influence and cornet blowing of Joe "King" Oliver, his time at the Colored Waif's Home for Boys, where he learned his discipline in the school's famous marching band, and his move to Chicago, where the "King" himself became his mentor.

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A photo of Just a lucky so and so : the story of Louis Armstrong

Just a lucky so and so : the story of Louis Armstrong

"Louis Armstrong has been called the most important improviser in the history of jazz. Although his New Orleans neighborhood was poor in nearly everything else, it was rich in superb music. Young Louis took it all in, especially the cornet blowing of Joe "King" Oliver. But after a run in with the police, 11-year-old Louis was sent away to the Colored Waif's Home for Boys where he became a disciplined musician in the school's revered marching band. By the time he returned to his neighborhood, the "King" himself became his mentor and invited Armstrong to play with him in Chicago. Here is a joyful tribute to the virtuoso musician and buoyant personality who introduced much of the world to jazz." -- Amazon.

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A photo of Oscar lives next door : a story inspired by Oscar Peterson's childhood

Oscar lives next door : a story inspired by Oscar Peterson's childhood

"Long before Oscar became a virtuoso jazz pianist, he was a boy who loved to play the trumpet. When a bout of childhood tuberculosis weakened his lungs, Oscar could no longer play his beloved instrument. He took up piano and the rest is history: Oscar went on to become an international jazz piano sensation."--Publisher.

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A photo of Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty

Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high. A prodigy, he was leading his own band by age six, and today this Grammy-nominated artist headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest.

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A photo of Little Melba and her big trombone

Little Melba and her big trombone

"A biography of African American musician Melba Doretta Liston, a virtuoso musician who played the trombone and composed and arranged music for many of the great jazz musicians of the twentieth century. Includes afterword, discography, and sources"--

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A photo of Sugar Hill : Harlem's historic neighborhood

Sugar Hill : Harlem's historic neighborhood

Rhyming text celebrates the Harlem neighborhood that successful African Americans first called home during the 1920s. Includes brief biographies of jazz greats Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sonny Rollins, and Miles Davis; artists Aaron Douglas and Faith Ringgold; entertainers Lena Horne and the Nicholas Brothers; writer Zora Neale Hurston; civil rights leader W. E. B. DuBois; and lawyer Thurgood Marshall.

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A photo of Hey, Charleston! : the true story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band

Hey, Charleston! : the true story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band

"What happened when a former slave took beat-up old instruments and gave them to a bunch of orphans? Thousands of futures got a little brighter and a great American art form was born. In 1891, Reverend Daniel Joseph Jenkins opened his orphanage in Charleston, South Carolina. He soon had hundreds of children and needed a way to support them. Jenkins asked townspeople to donate old band instruments - some of which had last played in the hands of Confederate soldiers in the Civil War. He found teachers to show the kids how to play. Soon the orphanage had a band. And what a band it was. The Jenkins Orphanage Band caused a sensation on the streets of Charleston. People called the band's style of music "rag" - a rhythm inspired by the African-American people who lived on the South Carolina and Georgia coast. The children performed as far away as Paris and London, and they earned enough money to support the orphanage that still exists today. They also helped launch the music we now know as jazz. Hey, Charleston! is the story of the kind man who gave America "some rag" and so much more."--Jacket flap.

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A photo of Spirit seeker : John Coltrane's musical journey

Spirit seeker : John Coltrane's musical journey

Tells the story of the legendary jazz musician, from his deeply religious childhood to his career as a boundary-breaking musician who found inspiration in his own unique approach to both spirituality and music.

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A photo of The little piano girl

The little piano girl

A child prodigy at the piano sprinkles her music with a little jazz. Based on the life of the twentieth-century jazz musician, Mary Lou Williams.

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A photo of Cool Daddy Rat

Cool Daddy Rat

A young rat hides in his father's bass case and tags along as he plays and scats around the big city.

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A photo of Stompin' at the Savoy

Stompin' at the Savoy

On the night of her jazz dance recital Mindy feels too nervous to go, until a magical drum whisks her away to the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem where she finds her "happy feet."

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A photo of Sweet music in Harlem

Sweet music in Harlem

C.J., who aspires to be as great a jazz musician as his uncle, searches for Uncle Click's hat in preparation for an important photograph and inadvertently gathers some of the greatest musicians of 1950s Harlem to join in on the picture.

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A photo of Bebop Express

Bebop Express

A rollicking rhythmic express train takes passengers on a jazzy journey that celebrates the United States and its unique musical culture.

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A photo of The jazzy alphabet

The jazzy alphabet

The jazzy alphabet boogies and sings, making hot, cool, pizzazzy street-jammin' jazz.

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