A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The epilogue offers concise prose biographies of the jazz icons portrayed in the poems and illustrations of the picture book. These profiles serve as informative introductions to the life, times, and legends of many of the most important figures of the Golden Age of Jazz.
While the photo shoot was set up hastily and the assortment of musicians randomly assembled, the stories of reunion, reappearance, and remembrance that characterized the event emphasize the importance of connection among the jazz musicians of that era.
Positive Role Models
Though many jazz luminaries aren't known for being ideal role models, the sheer volume of prolific virtuosos assembled on the steps for that photo in Harlem is staggering. Their contributions to American culture live on in their recordings and continue to inspire generations of musicians and artists of all stripes.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph is a beautifully illustrated, informative, and poetic depiction of the circumstances and figures involved in capturing an iconic photo of many of the living legends of jazz on the steps of a brownstone in Harlem. The poems and paintings are followed by concise and quirky biographies of each of the musicians profiled.
Is It Any Good?
Author Roxane Orgill tells a compelling story while evoking vivid images of late '50s Harlem. Her jazz-inspired poetry is surprisingly smooth and exciting, especially when read aloud (and with jazz accompaniment). The language in Jazz Day is complimented wonderfully by illustrator Francis Vallejo's warm, lively paintings. The renderings of each artist are carefully constructed and speak to the sense of their individuality while also emphasizing the sense of community and camaraderie shared on this special homecoming day for the scattered standard-bearers of New York's jazz scene.
Jazz Day is a perfect pick for any young jazz lover, though it can also serve as an excellent introduction to the genre and its most hallowed heroes.
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