Read about a famous musician!

Dillon, Leo. Jazz on a Saturday Night. New York : Blue Sky Press, 2007.

Golio, Gary. Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: The Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix. Boston: Clarion Books, 2010. 

Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane's Musical Journey

Golio, Gary. Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey. Boston: Clarion Books, 2012.
Jazz musican John Coltrane grew up in a home filled with music and filled with faith in God. Both influenced his entire life: he learned to play the saxophone and after a difficult time during young adulthood when he was addicted to drugs and alcohol, he returned to the faith of his childhood.  Powerfully illustrated with acrylic paintings and mixed media pictures, this outstanding picture book is highly recommended for music lovers 10 years old and up. [African Americans; Faith; Jazz — Biography; Music — History; Musicans]

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K’naan and Sol Guy. When I Get Older: the Story Behind the Wavin’ Flag. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2012.
Inspired by his grandfather’s words K’Naan tell his moving story which includes life as a refugee and flight to North America. – flyleaf [Rap musicians; Somali Canadians; Somalia — History]


Parker, Robert Andrew. Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum. New York: Schwartz & Wade Books, 2008. 

Richards, Keith. Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar. New York: Megan Tingley Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
What a pitch perfect story! World-renowned guitarist Keith Richards tells the story of his childhood in England. He breath-stoppingly beautifully describes going on long walks with his granddad, Gus, who hummed tunes the whole way. He tells how Gus handed him his first guitar and started his life as a musician. Black and white photographs and additional information conclude this picture book imaginatively illustrated by Thoedora Dupree Richards, Gus’s great-granddaughter and Keith’s daughter. Most highly recommended for readers – and listeners – 6 years old and up. You will want to read it over and over again to enjoy the exquisite rhythm of the phrasing. [Grandfathers; Grandparent and child; Guitarists; London (Eng.); Musical instruments; Richards, Keith]

Winter, Jonah. Dizzy. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2006.
Dizzy Gillespie was a fighter. His father beat him, and he beat other people. But then, a teacher gave him a trumpet and his life changed forever. Dizzy became the creator of a whole new kind of jazz music: bebop! This brilliantly designed picture book illustrated by Sean Qualls is recommended for music lovers of all ages. [Creativity; Gillespie, Dizzy; Jazz musicians; Trumpet]

Benny Goodman

Winter, Jonah. Once Upon a Time in Chicago: the Story of Benny Goodman New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 2000.
“A simple biography of the great jazz musician, Benny Goodman, and how his extraordinary musical ability was originally encouraged by his immigrant father.” – CIP. [Clarinetists; Goodman, Benny; Jazz musicians]

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