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Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane

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  • Posted May 28, 2012

    The Sounds from Little Musical Ears

    This is a story about the music artist John Coltrane and the way he heard and formed his own music while he was growing up during the 1930's, in the deep heart of the south. The sounds vary from church hymns and gospel songs, to new sounds on the radio, and even the sounds of the household. This is a kid-friendly book with delightful fonts and illustrations. It is easy-flowing with a rhyming schematic which allows the reader to follow along and see what the main character hears. I highly recommend this story, it is fun to read and will teach children about jazz.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

    Before All That Jazz

    This book is like a simplified and informal biography of legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. Only comprising of seven sentences, the story has been written in such a way that author Carole Boston Weatherford is able to fit in many details of Coltrane's life with a few but still descriptive words. In addition, illustrator Sean Qualls is able to complement the selected details of Coltrane's life with somewhat abstract but very beautiful pictures. Such writings and illustrations allow readers to hear and see what Coltrane heard and saw in his earlier years. The Author's Note at the end of the story is also very helpful in tying together all that was stated before, providing a more detailed but still brief account of the life of John Coltrane.

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  • Posted October 27, 2010

    What I Heard....

    This is an amazing story of what inspired the legendary John Coltrane to play such soulful music. It tells of his everyday life sounds that brought forth his musical capabilities to turn them into a musical evolution. This story goes through days and periods in his life and what he heard that gave him the ear to hear and feel the music that he genuinely poured his soul into. I especially liked how the Author's Note at the end tells John's life story and even offers selected listenings for the reader. This touch offers the reader a clearer connection with this story.

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