Weatherford, Carole Boston

The Sound That Jazz Makes

(3) K-3 Illustrated by Eric Velasquez. "JAZZ is a downbeat born in our nation, / chords of struggle and jubilation, / bursting forth from hearts set free / in notes that echo history." Weatherford's minimal, impressionistic narrative joins with large, colorful, realistic oil paintings to provide snapshots of some major historical influences on the development of jazz--from African rhythms to slave spirituals, cakewalks, the Harlem Renaissance, and rap.


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