National Book Award finalist Walter Dean Myers won the Odyssey Award from the American Library Association for this collection of poetry that explores jazz music history. Several acclaimed jazz vocalists and a jazz ensemble perform the 15 poems that make up Myers' brilliant Jazz. Words become notes and sentences become piano keys as each poem relays the essence of jazz in a wholly original and vibrant way. As in his Blues Journey, Myers exhibits a clear understanding for what makes this music special for so many music lovers. "[A] mesmerizing verbal and visual riff on a uniquely American art form."-Publishers Weekly, starred review
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by Walter Dean Myers
""Start with rhythm/ Start with the heart"--so begins this collection of Walter Dean Myers poems, where listeners will find plenty of rhythm and plenty of heart. R&B artists James "D-Train" Williams and Vaneese Thomas read and sing the 17 poems--joyful tributes to jazz and bebop, to the piano and the slide trombone, to Louis Armstrong and New Orleans--with energy and verve, accompanied by a live jazz ensemble. The narration lifts the words off the page and asks them to dance, perfectly complementing Christopher Myers's gorgeous, colorful, kinetic illustrations. Listeners of all ages will feel truly immersed in the sounds of jazz music, and the accompanying introduction, glossary of jazz terms, and timeline of jazz history offer even more depth. J.M.D. AudioFile Best Audiobook of 2007 (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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