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Sweethearts of Rhythm Hardcover – October 29, 2009
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"Nelson's syncopated poetry jives perfectly with Pinkney's layered watercolors...a vibrant volume." --School Library Journal
"[A] book with rich rewards." --Horn Book
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The International Sweethearts of Rhythm stood out for their ability to be taken seriously as musicians in the male-dominated world of jazz. The departure of many male musicians to serve in World War II helped this all-female band gain a foothold in the American music scene, but they continued to tour and record songs even after the war ended. The Sweethearts also stood out for their courage to defy the Southern Jim Crow laws and play as a racially-integrated band, which meant avoiding arrest by having the white members of the band wear wigs and dark makeup.
Rather than report these interesting events as a detailed narrative, Marilyn Nelson has chosen to communicate the band's story as a set of rhythmic poems written in the voices of the instruments. Jerry Pinkney has added further to the richness of the book with collages of different shapes of textured papers, music sheets, maps, and flowers superimposed on his dynamic sketches. The meticulous research that both Nelson and Pinkney conducted shines through clearly to make this volume a uniquely expressive work of historical fiction.
They were predominantly African American, but there were others. There was a "Chinese Saxophonist, a Hawaiian trumpeter, and a Mexican clarinetist." They represented the world as so became known as the "International Sweethearts of Rhythm." They soon began touring, but later broke from the school. They weren't being "paid a fair wage." They knew how to swing and entrance an audience. They were some of the best musicians the states had to offer. They were hot!
It Don't Mean A Thing
Pauline Braddy On Drums
On some tunes, she'd lash may bass home like a jockey;
On some all she did was high-hat rickle the beat,
Always greacefully making the transitions,
Watching the music and the dancers' feet.
The jitterbug was one way people forgot
The rapidly spreading prairie fires of war.
Man, the house would bounce when her licks were hot!
We gave those people what they were dancing for. (Marilyn Nelson)
Before I read the book, I read the author and illustrator notes in the back of the book. Both were stunning and you won't hear any spoilers here.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My aunt got to see them when her husband was in the service in New York in World War 11, I had not realized that they were an all female international band composed of mostly black... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tanya C.
A book of impressionistic verse and dynamic illustration celebrating one of America's overlooked swing bands, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Joseph A Bruder
Excellent book of poetry! My favorite poem is Improvisation - from the format of the text to the content - it is pretty neat!Published 14 months ago by V. Payne
The Marian McPartland story is uplifitng and inspiring. This interpretation destroys the beauty of the ladies' accomplishments. This is pity.Published on February 8, 2013 by none