Trombone Shorty

Trombone ShortyHailing from the Trem 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 Along with

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The Book of Harlan

The Book of HarlanDuring World War II, two African American musicians are captured by the Nazis in Paris and imprisoned at the Buchenwald concentration camp The Book of Harlan opens with the courtship of Harlan s parents and his 1917 birth in Macon, Georgia After his prominent minister grandfather dies, Harlan and

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How Jelly Roll Morton Invented Jazz

How Jelly Roll Morton Invented JazzIn this unusual and inventive picture book that riffs on the language and rhythms of old New Orleans, noted picture book biographer Jonah Winter Dizzy, Frida, You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax turns his focus to one of America s early jazz heroes in this perfectly pitched book about Jelly Roll

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Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone

Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina SimoneA stunning picture book biography of the High Priestess of Soul and one of the greatest voices of the 20th century 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,

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How to Listen to Jazz

How to Listen to JazzAn acclaimed music scholar presents an accessible introduction to the art of listening to jazz In How to Listen to Jazz, award winning music scholar Ted Gioia presents a lively introduction to one of America s premier art forms He tells us what to listen for in a performance and includes a guide to

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Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth

Billie Holiday: The Musician and the MythKirkus Best Books of 2015 selection forBiography Published in celebration of Holiday s centenary, the first biography to focus on the singer s extraordinary musical talentWhen Billie Holiday stepped into Columbia s studios in November 1933, it marked the beginning of what is arguably the most

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Bird & Diz

Bird & DizAn award winning author and a Caldecott Medalist improvise a playful tribute to the creators of bebop Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.When sax player Charlie Bird Parker and trumpeter John Dizzy Gillespie make music together, they toss notes back and forth like a game of tag and chase each

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Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century

Playing Changes: Jazz for the New CenturyOne of jazz s leading critics gives us an invigorating, richly detailed portrait of the artists and events that have shaped the music of our time Grounded in authority and brimming with style, Playing Changes is the first book to take the measure of this exhilarating moment it is a compelling

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What Happened, Miss Simone?: A Biography

What Happened, Miss Simone?: A BiographyInspired by the Academy Award nominated Netflix documentary What Happened, Miss Simone , an intimate and vivid look at the legendary life of Nina Simone, the classically trained pianist who evolved into a chart topping chanteuse and committed civil rights activist.From music journalist and former

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Olio

OlioPart fact, part fiction, Tyehimba Jess s much anticipated second book weaves sonnet, song, and narrative to examine the lives of mostly unrecorded African American performers directly before and after the Civil War up to World War I Olio is an effort to understand how they met, resisted,

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What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing

What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap DancingMagisterial, revelatory, and most suitably entertaining, What the Eye Hears offers an authoritative account of the great American art of tap dancing Brian Seibert, a dance critic for The New York Times, begins by exploring tap s origins as a hybrid of the jig and clog dancing from the British Isles

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The 5 O'Clock Band

The 5 O'Clock BandIn this companion to the Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award winning Trombone Shorty, join a scrappy young musician named Shorty on a tour of his beloved New Orleans After letting his band down by missing rehearsal, Shorty has some serious questions about what it means to be a leader He

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A Listener's Guide to Free Improvisation

A Listener's Guide to Free ImprovisationImprovisation rattles some listeners Maybe they re even suspicious of it John Coltrane s saxophonic flights of fancy, Jimi Hendrix s feedback drenched guitar solos, Ravi Shankar s sitar extrapolations all these sounds seem like so much noodling or jamming, indulgent self expression Just

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Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis Armstrong

Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis ArmstrongHe was born black, poor, and lucky The glowing story of Satchmo the great jazz musician, 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.

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