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

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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.
 

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

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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...

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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.

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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.

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