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Jazz ABZ: An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits with Art Print Hardcover – September 11, 2007
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About the Author
Wynton Marsalis, trumpeter, composer, and tireless champion of jazz, is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize and the winner of nine Grammy Awards. The artistic director for the Jazz at Lincoln Center program, he lives in New York.
Paul Rogers has created everything from billboard portraits at Dodger Stadium to a silkscreen portrait of Wynton Marsalis for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. He lives in Pasadena, California.
Top customer reviews
The main part of the book is the poems. From Louis Armstrong to Dizzy Gillespie, each letter features a jazz musician, with an exciting poster-print illustration and a poem. Each poem is written in a different style, reflecting the musical stylings and/or personality of the artist. Just reading the poems aloud is a highly musical experience.
The poems and illustrations are amazing, but the back matter turns this into an in-depth music appreciation course. Detailed biographical sketches of each artist give readers context for understanding both the performers and the development of jazz music. Notes on the poetic forms explain both the style of poetry and the reasons why each form was chosen to represent the artist. Finally, a list of records showcasing each musician's work completes the collection.
disadvantaged children. We try to always include Mr. Marsalis' wonderful book - both
because the information is so great and because the illustrations ROCK!
Everyone loves this book, it is beautifully done - great for reading to smaller children
and reading WITH older kids. Adults will enjoy it, too.