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Author: Walter Dean Myers   Illustrator: Christopher Myers   Narrators: James "D Train" Williams, Vaneese Thomas
ISBN: 9781430100218
Length:  43 Min 02 Sec
Release Date: 9/30/2007
Reading Level: 5.2
Grades: K – 5

Jazz 1 PB/1 CD
ISBN: 9781430100218
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Jazz 1 HC/1 CD
ISBN: 9781430100225
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Jazz 4 PB/1 CD
ISBN: 9781430100232
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Jazz CD
ISBN: 9781430100171
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"Exuberant music, powerful narration, and image-filled poetry combine to create this extraordinary recording, winner of ALA's first Odyssey Award for excellence in audiobook production." -The Horn Book


  ALA Notable Children's Recording  
  AudioFile's Best Audiobooks of the Year Award  
  Booklist Editors' Choice (Audio For Youth)  
  Odyssey Award  
  YALSA Selected Audiobooks  


Review by: Booklist Magazine - January 1, 2008
Starred Review "This superb read-along version of Walter Dean Myers' tribute to jazz dares listeners to keep their feet still as jumpin' rhythms and lively riffs fill the air with energy. Narrators and vocalists James "D-Train" Williams and Vaneese Thomas read the two-page introduction with enthusiasm and heart, setting the atmosphere as cool jazz music plays faintly in the background. Their alternating reading pattern breaks up the lengthy descriptions. Highlights are many, with catchy lyrics telling the story of jazz through the ages. Christopher Myers' vibrant illustrations, marked by flowing brushstrokes, combine with the book's poems, which are either read or sung; background music performed by a jazz ensemble adds to the mood. The rhythmic verse is so diverse that listeners are surprised with each page turn. A Soulful, passionate tempo marks "Jazz Vocal," while "Good-bye to Old Bob Johnson" is a somber farewell to a legendary artist marked by low drumbeats and slow-paced lyrics. A concluding glossary and time line are read slowly and clearly. An excellent audio treat for young (and old alike) who have an ear for syncopated rhythms and would like to learn more about the uniquely American music called jazz. Pair this with Live Oak's equally impressive read-along, Blues Journey (2005), also by Walter Dean Myers. Both packages come with a hardcover book"
Review by: AudioFile Magazine - December 1, 2007
"'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."

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