Jazz Day

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Jazz Day
Written by Roxane Orgill
Format: Hardback
ISBN-10: 0763669547
ISBN-13: 9780763669546
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Jazz Day
The Making of a Famous Photograph

author: Roxane Orgill
illustrator: Francis Vallejo

When Esquire magazine planned an issue to salute the American jazz scene in 1958, graphic designer Art Kane pitched a crazy idea: how about gathering a group of beloved jazz musicians and photographing them? He didnít own a good camera, didnít know if any musicians would show up, and insisted on setting up the shoot in front of a Harlem brownstone. Could he pull it off? In a captivating collection of poems, Roxane Orgill steps into the frame of Harlem 1958, bringing to life the musiciansí mischief and quirks, their memorable style, and the vivacious atmosphere of a Harlem block full of kids on a hot summerís day. Francis Vallejoís vibrant, detailed, and wonderfully expressive paintings do loving justice to the larger-than-life quality of jazz musicians of the era. Includes bios of several of the fifty-seven musicians, an authorís note, sources, a bibliography, and a foldout of Art Kaneís famous photograph.

What happens when you invite as many jazz musicians as you can to pose for a photo in 1950s Harlem? Playful verse and glorious artwork capture an iconic moment for American jazz.
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Non-Fiction - Picture Book / Hardback
age range:
8 yrs - 12 yrs
# of pages/size:
66 / 7 7/8" x 11"
grade range:
Grade 3 - Grade 7
Music; Photography; Poetry; People & Places;
author’s comments:
Roxane Orgill is an award-winning writer on music and the author of Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald and Footwork: The Story of Fred and Adele Astaire. She lives in Dobbs Ferry, New York.
illustrator’s comments:
Francis Vallejo is an assistant professor of illustration at the College for Creative Studies. This is his first book. He lives in Detroit.
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