Jazz by Morgan Monceaux
My Music, My People: (ALA Notable Children's Book; ALA Recommended Book for Reluctant Young Readers)

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews



Striking portraits, biographical sketches, personal reminiscences, and collage paintings chronicle the historical evolution of jazz from the perspective of forty African-American musicians who played key roles in its creation.

About Morgan Monceaux

See more books from this Author
Published August 30, 1994 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 64 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Children's Books. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Jazz

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Monceaux arranges his subjects chronologically, beginning with the proto-jazz master Buddy Bolden and finishing with Pearl Bailey, Lena Horne--and his mother, Johnetta, a vocalist ``linked with the leading blues women of the South.'' The commentary printed on facing pages is general but well info...

| Read Full Review of Jazz: My Music, My People: (A...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

For example, Monceaux compares a Billie Holiday song about a lynching to ``a group of white men [who] drove past me in a car and called me a nigger.'' Monceaux's demonstration of how music influenced his youth and informed his art may well inspire readers to seek heroes of their own.

| Read Full Review of Jazz: My Music, My People: (A...


Monceaux, a college graduate and a Vietnam War Navy veteran, was homeless on the streets of Manhattan before he began the project that brought him his initial recognition: painting a portrait of every American President.

Dec 05 1994 | Read Full Review of Jazz: My Music, My People: (A...

Rate this book!

Add Review