Jazz Up Your Reading List

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Jazz Up Your Reading List

April is Jazz Appreciation Month

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. 
Jazz A B Z cover art

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. 

All ages.
This Jazz Man cover artThis 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. 

Ages 3-7.
Play Louis Play cover artPlay, 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.

Ages 7-12.
Cover art for Harlem SummerHarlem Summer
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.
Great Jazz Interviews cover artDownBeat: 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.
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