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The Story of Louis Armstrong

This tribute to Louis Armstrong tells the story of a virtuoso musician who personified jazz.

By Lesa Cline-Ransome Illustrated by James E. Ransome Read by Arnell Powell African American / Biographies & Memoirs / Children's Nonfiction / Music English 16m Sell Sheet
Format Release Date List Price Your Price ISBN
1 Video DVD August 16, 2016 $38.99 $38.99 9781520044224 Add to Cart
									Louis Armstrong has been called the most important improviser in the history of jazz. Although his New Orleans neighborhood was poor in nearly everything else, it was rich in superb music. Young Louis took it all in, especially the cornet blowing of  Joe "King" Oliver. But after a run in with the police, 11-year-old Louis was sent away to the Colored Waif’s Home for Boys where he became a disciplined musician in the school’s revered marching band. By the time he returned to his neighborhood, the "King" himself became his mentor and invited Armstrong to play with him in Chicago. Here is a joyful tribute to the virtuoso musician and buoyant personality who introduced much of the world to jazz.

"...gorgeous...The watercolor illustrations elevate the narrative...the paintings reverberate off the page. A solid choice for school libraries and collections looking to freshen up biography collections." - School Library Journal

"James E. Ransome's expressive watercolor illustrations pair well with Arnell Powell's lively narration, background jazz music, and realistic sound effects." - Booklist, video review

3 STARS "(A) peppy tribute..." - Video Librarian, Starred Review