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Reads tagged with “jazz”

Mister and Lady Day: The Illustrated Story of Billie Holiday and the Dog Who Loved Her
Mister and Lady Day: The Illustrated Story of Billie Holiday and the Dog Who Loved Her

A tale of loyalty, steak, and unconditional love.

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A Lovely Illustrated Children’s Book Celebrating Trailblazing Jazz Pianist and Composer Mary Lou Williams
A Lovely Illustrated Children’s Book Celebrating Trailblazing Jazz Pianist and Composer Mary Lou Williams

How an extraordinary woman transformed bullying into beautiful music and came to lift the spirits of millions.

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William Faulkner’s Little-Known Jazz Age Drawings, with a Side of Literary Derision
William Faulkner’s Little-Known Jazz Age Drawings, with a Side of Literary Derision

From the sartorial to the satiric, or how the award-winning author’s youthful pretensions earned him a helping of high-brow mockery.

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Happy Birthday, Louis Armstrong: What a Wonderful World
Happy Birthday, Louis Armstrong: What a Wonderful World

Celebrating a timeless voice with a timely message.

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(Almost) Everything You Need to Know about Culture in 10 Books
(Almost) Everything You Need to Know about Culture in 10 Books

What the limits of the universe have to do with the history of jazz and the secret of happiness.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson on the Transcendence of the Universe, Adapted in Jazz for Kids Based on “Saint James Infirmary”
Neil deGrasse Tyson on the Transcendence of the Universe, Adapted in Jazz for Kids Based on “Saint James Infirmary”

A love letter to the cosmos, in a cut-paper stop-motion musical animation.

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Jazz Legend Bill Evans on the Creative Process, Self-Teaching, and Balancing Clarity with Spontaneity in Problem-Solving
Jazz Legend Bill Evans on the Creative Process, Self-Teaching, and Balancing Clarity with Spontaneity in Problem-Solving

“The person that succeeds in anything has the realistic viewpoint at the beginning and [knows] that the problem is large and that he has to take it a step at a time.”

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Taschen’s Jazz: An Illustrated Portrait of New York in the Roaring Twenties
Taschen’s Jazz: An Illustrated Portrait of New York in the Roaring Twenties

Band battles, brass classics, Cotton Club etiquette, and how to do the “double roll” like a pro.

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7 (More) Obscure Children’s Books by Famous “Adult” Lit Authors
7 (More) Obscure Children’s Books by Famous “Adult” Lit Authors

What a magical car engine has to do with social justice, a parrot named Arturo and the history of jazz.

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Frank Sinatra: A Rare Documentary from 1965
Frank Sinatra: A Rare Documentary from 1965

What the evolution of popular music has to do with turbulent love and fostering the art of patience.

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