Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph

What happens when you invite as many jazz musicians as you can for a photo in 1950s Harlem?

By Roxane Orgill Illustrated by Francis Vallejo Read by J.D. Jackson , Jason Linere White , Ron Butler and Bahni Turpin African American / Children's Nonfiction / History - United States / Music English 1h 14m Sell Sheet
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1 Video DVD May 23, 2017 $38.99 $38.99 9781520071053 Add to Cart
									In 1958, when Esquire magazine planned an issue saluting the American jazz scene, graphic designer Art Kane pitched a crazy idea: how about gathering a group of beloved jazz musicians and photographing them in front of a Harlem brownstone? He didn't own a good camera and didn't know if any of the musicians would show up-but, in the end, he pulled it off. In this captivating collection of poems, Roxane Orgill steps into that photograph, bringing to life the musicians' mischief and quirks, their memorable style, and the vivacious atmosphere of a Harlem block full of kids on a hot summer's day. Paired with those poems, Francis Vallejo's vibrant, detailed, and wonderfully expressive paintings do further justice to the larger-than-life jazz musicians from that famous photograph.

"...alive with the presence and skill of the musicians...Beyond being a glorious tribute to these jazz greats...[this] is also a phenomenal debut for Vallejo, whose dynamic acrylic and pastel images bring readers into the heart of the action of a day like no other." - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Vallejo's acrylic-and-pastel paintings vividly capture the shoot's vignettes and the skittish excitement of neighborhood kids. Pulling details from a 1995 documentary film and other resources, Orgill and Vallejo offer a dynamic, multifaceted work that deftly juxtaposes biography with praise poem, information with imagination. Teachers, librarians, jazz-loving families: take note." - Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

" This is a beautifully done program that will please jazz lovers and, hopefully, inspire a new generation to explore this important part of music history." - School Library Journal, Starred Review

"The poems vary in form and mood from an alphabetical acrostic of clothing to a pantoum in the voice of the young and awestruck drummer Eddie Locke. The rhythms are contagious...An inspiring example of art that arises from the simple question, 'What did you notice in the picture?'" - The Horn Book, Starred Review

"…overall, the production does justice to Orgill’s accomplished work." - Booklist

"Kids indifferent to jazz or photography will be swept up nonetheless in the novelty of the episode, the idiosyncrasies of the participants, and the shoulder-rubbing between the neighborhood kids and the adult celebs. Vallejo’s mixed-media illustrations are gems of freewheeling portraiture, drawing from the iconic photo itself and other film taken throughout the day. Orgill supplies biographical info on Art Kane and the musicians highlighted in her poems..." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred Review

"Together Orgill and Vallejo have created a rich cultural history that while detailing the process of making the photograph — including the antics of those boys — honors the jazz artists who light up the image...both a celebration of an era and a valuable, vibrant resource..." - The Boston Globe

"...Francis Vallejo’s striking acrylic-and-pastel illustrations offer similarly unexpected perspectives on streetscapes, nattily dressed musicians and interested onlookers." - The Washington Post

"The gorgeous acrylic and pastel art illustrations perfectly capture the joyful chaos of the event." - Buffalo News