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This Jazz Man Hardcover – November 1, 2006
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Karen performs This Jazz Man at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Sunday 6/2, 12:30pm
Join an interactive reading of THIS JAZZ MAN, as part of FREE Family Day and a nonstop, 24-hour live art variety show in the SFMOMA's Rooftop Pavilion featuring 48 artists, filmmakers, musicians, performers, and writers.
SFMOMA Family Day: 11am-4pm, features inventive hands-on gallery activities for children ages 4 to 12.
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Back in the 1940s and 50s (before I was born!) my mama saw many jazz greats perform at venues like Club Alabam. Mingus or Parker might play and Ellington, Bojangles and other famous folk would drop by! When he had a regular gig in LA, Dizzy Gillespie lived right down the block from my mama's house!
My favorite jazz singers performing today are Paula West and Amber Weekes.
This Jazz Man audiobook just won the 2011 Audie Award for Children's Titles (For Ages Up to 8)! Also won a 2010 AudioFile Earphones Award!
Bravo! to a formidable jazz man himself, the narrator, Mr. James "D Train" Williams, and to Live Oak Media for their wonderful production!
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Live on Stage: The Sounds of "This Jazz Man"
Finally! "This Jazz Man" will be released very soon on CD and cassette, and I'm lucky enough to have an advance copy from the publisher. Although author Ehrhardt and illustrator Roth painted a superb word-picture combo, the SOUND of those illustrious 10 Jazz men was absent from the mix. The audio version solves that creatively, not only with a superb --jazzy even--reading of the text by James "D Train" Williams (his enthusiastic but controlled narrative brims with the personalities of the musicians and their music), but with examples of the music by a very talented septet! You can hear the splash bomb drumming of Art Blakey, the lush grandeur of Duke Ellington, the boppish output of Mingus, Charlie "Bird" Parker, and Dizzy. These samplings, long enough to give one a real feeling for the style and sound, alternate with Williams' narration, and the sound effects (the hushed introduction of a mythical nightclub that helps identify the musician), the thunderous and very life-sounding applause) both mesh with and intensify the excitement of the book: You really feel like you're there!
The book/CD combination is as fine an example of immersion education as you'll hear, see, and especially feel. Like the book, the CD can be enjoyed at several levels of musical knowledge and cognitive development. Toddlers will enjoy the jazzy text and bright pictures (as well as learning the numbers from one to ten) accompanied by the synchronized CD (there is a brief page-turning sound to cue the parent, teacher, or designated student page-flipper to turn the page). Older elementary school kids can enjoy the same experience, or can listen to a second track that excludes the page-turn cue.Read more ›
I really like this book. My grandmother sings me it and i like music and instruments and can name the saxophone and trumpet and drums.I like the pictures of the conga drums.
I usually say, " read it again" when she's done and I can almost pick out all the numbers now too. Jude Stulb, Pueblo Colorado
This is a great book-the text jives off the page and the illustrations thimp dumple thump right along. What a great way to teach kids about jazz legends!
Hats off to Ehrdhardt and Roth for a beautiful book!
I know a lot of people would LOVE to hear it as well and it would be an excellent teaching tool. Please forward this to the appropriate individuals and if possible keep me updated on the release date of the cd. Thank YOU for writing such an awesome, entertaining and needed book!
The second book here is the biographical sketches presented as the encore to the joyous rhyming beginning. Ehrhardt has a knack for finding interesting biographical facts of these men who changed the way we listen to music.
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We signed this out of our local library and my son is in love with it. I have added it to my wish list on Amazon and will be buying him his own copy for Christmas.Published 4 months ago by Truth
What a great book! It features a riff on a well-known kids song and leverages a catchy repeated phrase, jazz terminology, jazz greats and vibrant, engaging illustrations. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Erika A.
Loved sharing this book with my K-1 students during April for Jazz Month! They were easily engaged and wanted to sing along with me, though it only worked for them to sing the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nina
Great book, our 3 year old loves this book. It arrived in excellent conditionPublished 12 months ago by Imma 21
I bought this book to use while teaching my daughter preschool last year. We loved it and I found myself singing the tune as I was reading it.Published 14 months ago by Christy Mceldowney
It would have been better if it had been accompanied with a CD. Young children have no idea what it is like to hear the sounds of jazz. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jill
LOVE IT. A huge "sing along" hit with young children of every age. Love the brief histories on each musician in the back, the art is great, it's one you really won't mind... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Juliette