David Gets His Drum by Panama Francis

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In this story based on the life of drummer David "Panama" Francis, a little boy named David dreams of getting his own drum and marching in the Sunday parade.

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Eric Velasquez, the son of Afro-Puerto Rican parents, was born in Spanish Harlem and grew up in Harlem in New York City. As a child, his love for doodling and drawing was strongly encouraged by his mother. From his grandmother he inherited a love of music and from his father he developed a love of movies. Growing up in this setting, Eric says, "Becoming an artist was a natural choice for me. I have never thought of being anything else." http://www.ericvelasquez.com/
Published December 1, 1999 by Dutton Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Jazz drummer Francis, who died last year, collaborated with Reiser (coauthor of Carry It On ) for this story about how the musician acquired his first drum.

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Francis achieved his fame in the 1930s while playing with the Savoy Sultans at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, known as the “home of the happy feet.” He played his drums with the best in the music industry—Dinah Washington, Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Buddy Holly, and many others.

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