Benny Goodman and Teddy Wilson

Taking the Stage As the First Black-and-White Jazz Band in History

"A solid exploration of a...historically significant moment in American music." - Kirkus Reviews.

By Lesa Cline-Ransome Read by Sean Crisden African American / Biographies & Memoirs / Children's Nonfiction English, Unabridged 11m Sell Sheet Also available on
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1 Audio CDs December 30, 2014 $14.99 $12.99 9781633795198 Add to Cart
							It wasn't soft/It wasn't black/It wasn't sweet/It wasn't white/It was swing. Brought together by the love of playing jazz music, Teddy Wilson and Benny Goodman broke the color barrier in entertainment when they formed the Benny Goodman Trio with Gene Krupa. This lush and lyrical picture book tells the story of how two musical prodigies from very different backgrounds - one a young black boy growing up in Tuskegee, Alabama, the other the son of struggling Russian-Jewish immigrants from the West Side of Chicago - were brought together by their love of music, and helped create the jazz style known as swing.

"This is a story that deserves to be heard and experienced by all." - School Library Journal (audio review)

"Ransome's line-and-watercolor pictures also flow with movement and color. Kids drawn in by the story of the young artists will go on to ponder the history." - Booklist