Synopses & Reviews
Hailing from the Tremandeacute; neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy andldquo;Trombone Shortyandrdquo; Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high. A prodigy, he was leading his own band by age six, and today this Grammy-nominated artist headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest.
Along with esteemed illustrator Bryan Collier, Andrews has created a lively picture book autobiography about how he followed his dream of becoming a musician, despite the odds, until he reached international stardom. Trombone Shorty is a celebration of the rich cultural history of New Orleans and the power of music.
andquot;This well-told and exquisitely illustrated story of a musician with a steep career trajectory will inspire young readers to pursue their passions, despite the challenges.andquot;
andquot;If a fairy tale were set in New Orleans, this is how it would read.andquot;
andquot;Sharp panels of color and image, perspective that dips and soars, and layers of mixed-media collage unite to feel like renditions of brass band music itself.andquot;
andquot;[T]his work will make for fun and thoughtful story sharing. A must-have.andquot;
andquot;Collierandrsquo;s expressive watercolor collages layer and texture each page, creating a mix of images that echo the combination of styles Andrews uses to create his own andldquo;musical gumboand#39;...Read this one aloud to capture the sounds and sights of Trombone Shortyandrsquo;s New Orleans.andquot;
andquot;The storytelling is imbued with a touch of storybook glamour and generous humor...Collierandrsquo;s vibrant mixed-media illustrations ably complement the text with a skillful melding of paint and photo collage that underscore the andldquo;gumboandrdquo; of street sounds and musical styles that influence Andrewsandrsquo; works.andquot;
andquot;A remarkably successful lens into the life and career of one of the 20th centuryand#39;s formidable musical talents.andquot;
Another stunning picture book biography of a prominent twentieth-century African-American in the arts, from the creative team behind Alvin Ailey.
A brief recounting of the career of this jazz musician and composer who, along with his orchestra, created music that was beyond category
A vibrant picture book by an award-winning husband and wife team pays homage to a legendary African-American jazz composer who, in his heyday, performed at the prestigious Cotton Club in Harlem and even at Carnegie Hall. A Caldecott Honor Book & Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Reprint.
Now available in paperback--a swinging, vibrant picture book about jazz composer Edward Kennedy Ellington, better known as "Duke," by the award-winning creators of the popular picture book "Alvin Ailey." Full color.
This swinging, vibrant picture book about jazz composer Edward Kennedy Ellington, better known as "Duke," is a tribute to the legend that continues to live on and influence musicians everywhere.
A true story from one of America's most beloved composers
Marvin loves to play the piano and compose his own songs. But performing music over and over that's composed by some old guys name Ludwig and Wolfgang just gives him knots in his stomach. When his father tells Marvin he has an audition with the most prestigious music school, how can Marvin overcome his nerves and get swept away by the music?
This endearing book is based on the true life story of composer Marvin Hamlisch, who, at the age of six, was the youngest person ever accepted into the Juilliard School.
Includes CD with original song
Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince And His Orchestra
Frankie Liked to Sing celebrates the life of Frank Sinatra, whose iconic voice changed popular music forever and influenced generations of listeners all over the world. From his early days in Hoboken, New Jersey, to making it big in New York City, Sinatra was determined to follow his dream of being a singer and moving people with his voice. And now, one hundred years after his birth, his legacy lives on with this spirited and loving tribute.
About the Author
Andrea Davis Pinkney has written several acclaimed picture books, works of non fiction, and novels. Her titles for middle-grade readers include Solo Girl
, Raven in a Dove House
, Silent Thunder
, and Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters
, a Coretta Scott King Honor winner. She is also the author of the picture books Alvin Ailey
; Duke Ellington
(a Caldecott Honor Book, Coretta Scott King Honor Book); and Ella Fitzgerald
, each illustrated by her husband and frequent collaborator, Brian Pinkney. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, NY.
Brian Pinkney (www.brianpinkney.net) is the illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including the Caldecott Honor Books Duke Ellington and The Faithful Friend, and the Coretta Scott King Award winner In the Time of the Drums.