Jazz A-B-Z

Jazz A-B-Z

Book - 2005
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In a swinging improvisation with poster artist Paul Rogers, Wynton Marsalis celebrates the spirit of twenty-six stellar jazz performers, from Armstrong to Dizzy -- and showcases the same number of poetic forms.

A is for "almighty" Louis Armstrong, whose amazing artistry unfolds in an accumulative poem shaped like the letter he stands for. As for sax master Sonny Rollins, whose "robust style radiates roundness," could there be a better tribute than a poetic rondeau? In an extraordinary feat, Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz composer Wynton Marsalis harmonizes his love and knowledge of jazz's most celebrated artists with an astounding diversity of poetic forms -- from simple blues (Count Basie) to a complex pantoum (Charlie Parker), from a tender sonnet (Sarah Vaughan) to a performance poem snapping the rhythms of Art Blakey to life.

Matching Wynton Marsalis's musical cadences note for note is the bold, poster-style art of Paul Rogers, highlighted in two phenomenal foldout spreads. The art's vibrant nostalgic feel is echoed in an exquisite design, with its size simulating an old 78 LP and its endpapers die-cut to mimic a vintage record sleeve. Complete with a discography and brief biographies of the featured musicians as well as notes on the various poetic forms, this is truly an incomparable gift book -- for older children learning about jazz, longtime jazz aficionados, lovers of poetry, and readers of all ages who appreciate the finest in book design.
Back matter includes biographical sketches, notes on the poetic forms, and information about the author and the illustrator.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780763621353
Branch Call Number: j811.6 MAR NVD
Additional Contributors: Schaap, Phil
Rogers, Paul


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KCLSRecommends Mar 31, 2014

This attractive tome (by one of jazz's finest trumpeters) not only is a clever way to learn the A-B-Cs but is full of many forms of poetry and the history of great musicians, too! Such imaginative alliteration as well, writing about each great jazz artist by primarily using each successive letter of the alphabet -- such as: "Charlie Parker plays perfect music. Pithy passionate phrases proclaim peace, pride, pain... Perhaps he'll punctuate popular pieces with prestissimo psychological possibilities..." !

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