So you want your kid to be a Jazz aficionado but you know nothing about Jazz yourself? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. This week we present you with three great picture books about Jazz legends to introduce your child to Jazz AND we have also included CD recommendations for grownups wanting to familiarize themselves with Jazz but aren’t sure where to start. Just think of how much fun you will have discovering this music together!
Young John Coltrane was all ears. And there was a lot to hear growing up in the South in the 1930s: preachers praying, music on the radio, the bustling of the household. These vivid noises shaped John’s own sound as a musician. Carole Boston Weatherford and Sean Qualls have composed an amazingly rich hymn to the childhood of jazz legend John Coltrane.
Released in 1961, this is Coltrane’s seventh studio album and the first album to feature Coltrane playing soprano saxophone. An edited version of the title song became a hit single that was very popular on radio in 1961.
Join Scat Cat as he follows Ella Fitzgerald from her debut as a singer on the stage of the Apollo Theater through a remarkable career that spanned half a century and won her generations of fans around the world.
This this 1956 studio album, Ella Fitzgerald is accompanied by a studio orchestra conducted and arranged by Buddy Bregman, focusing on the songs of Cole Porter.
Charlie Parker Played Be Bop by Chris Raschka
Charlie Parker with Strings is a compilation album released by Verve Records in January 1995. It is based on recording sessions which place Parker in the context of a small classical string section and a jazz rhythm section, rather than his standard bebop quintet. They were Parker’s most popular sellers during his lifetime, and were admitted to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1988.