Jazz Up Your Reading List
The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History has designated April as Jazz Appreciation Month. Celebrate this American art form with books about the sights, sounds, and people of this musical style. Don't forget to visit the Smithsonian's website for special events all month long.
Need more? Use Jazz as your subject search in the online catalog. Filter your results to find just what you need.
Jazz A-B-Z: An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits
by Wynton Marsalis
An uncommon alphabet book with large, colorful, LP-size paintings of the forefathers and mothers of jazz and cleanly printed, sometimes shaped poetry. The stylized artwork evokes the spirit of pop art, Blue Note album covers, and 1920s advertising art.
|This Jazz Man|
by Karen Ehrhardt
In this toe-tapping jazz tribute, the traditional "This Old Man" gets a swinging makeover, and some of the era's best musicians take center stage.
|Play, Louis, Play!: The True Story of a Boy and His Horn|
by Muriel Harris Weinstein
This chapter book biography is written from the point of view of Louis's closest companion throughout his youth — his horn! In a jazz-inflected, exuberant voice, this unusual narrator tells it all.
by Walter Dean Myers
Sixteen-year-old Mark Purvis, an aspiring jazz saxophonist, gets a summer job as an errand boy for the publishers of the groundbreaking African American magazine, The Crisis, but soon finds him self on the enemy list of mobster Dutch Shultz. Includes real photos of people and places of Harlem in the 1920s.
Ages 13 and older.
|DownBeat: The Great Jazz Interviews|
Straight from the DownBeat archives, this book includes in-depth interviews with literally every great jazz artist and personality that ever lived. Features classic photos and magazine covers.
Ages 13 and older.