Play, Louis, Play: The True Story of a Boy and His Horn

Readers Advisory

Kimmel, Eric A.  A horn for Louis.  Presents an account of the young life of jazz legend Louis Armstrong, in simple text with illustrations, describing how he grew up in New Orleans and learned to play the trumpet.

McDonough, Yona Zeldis.  Who was Louis Armstrong?  Presents a short study of singer, songwriter, and jazz musician Louis Armstrong and chronicles his childhood in New Orleans and rise in the entertainment industry.

Walter, Dean Myers.  Jazz.  A collection of illustrated poems that celebrate the roots and various styles of jazz music, such as ragtime, bebop, and swing.

Weatherford, Carole Boston.  Before John was a jazz giant : a song of John Coltrane.  A biography of John Coltrane that focuses on his childhood and adolescent years and discusses his inspirations, influences, family, the development of his musical talent, and more.

Pinkney, Andrea DavisDuke Ellington: the piano prince and his orchestra.  Looks at the life of jazz musician Duke Ellington, discussing his accomplishments and lasting popularity over the course of his fifty-year career.

Shange, Ntozake.  Ellington was not a street.  Presents an illustrated poem in which Ntozake Shange recalls her childhood growing up in the company W.E.B. Du Bois, Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Robeson, and other great African-American men who were instrumental in changing American culture and society.

London, Jonathan.  Hip Cat.  Hip Cat journeys to the city by the bay to live his dream of being a jazz musician.

Davis, David.  Jazz cats.  Cool cats entertain the crowds with their music in the French Quarter of New Orleans.


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