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Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph

By Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Poetic account of legendary gathering of jazz greats.

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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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