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Take the Lead is a terrific series of books for all instrumentalists, young and old. Eight jazz classics are arranged for each instrument as stand-alone solos, or all the instruments can play together. Each song includes chord symbols in concert pitch for use by piano or guitar, or the player can use the full backing track from the CD as accompaniment. The CD also includes tuning notes and full version demonstration tracks of each song to help each musician learn the song. It's a great all-around package at a great price, and perfect for the band student who is looking for more music to play, especially as an introduction to jazz.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823421732
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication date: 09/15/2008
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 375,377
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: NP (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Walter Dean Myers (1937 - 2014) was born in Martinsburg, West Virginia. He was one of the premier authors of books for children, and received numerous awards including the Michael L. Printz award and the Coretta Scott King Award.

Christopher Myers is a writer and fine artist, but he is best known for his award-winning picture books, such as the Caldecott and Coretta Scott King honor book Harlem, written by his father, and his own Black Cat, which also received a Coretta Scott King Honor Award. He lives and works in New York City.

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Jazz 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
D.Holliman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book the artwork was wonderful, it was bold and really pulled that jazz feeling out of the poems. All of the poems were jazz themed and styled. Since I am not very knowledgeable about jazz I cannot say if any of the poems/songs were classics or not. I think that it is a great way to expose readers to jazz music and to show the connections that poetry and music can have. Jazz is another great book to use to get students reading poetry, which helps them with their reading skill in regards to fluency and expression.
mcrotti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a tribute to the African-American tradition of jazz music, written in fifteen fun, rhythmic poems meant to evoke the sounds of various kinds of jazz. The poems speak of different instruments, musicians, and singers, and would be a great introduction into the world of African-American music for children. The book also includes an introduction giving a brief history of jazz music, a glossary of jazz terms, and a jazz timeline spanning the 1800s to the present.Libraries could use this book as part of a children's program on music. The poems would be extremely fun to read in a story-time format, and, the introduction, glossary, and timeline are extremely informative, but written accessibly for younger readers.
bsalomon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jazz is a collection of poetry that the author has dedicated to the people of New Orleans. The poems have a jazz rhythm while reading it. These poems circulate around famous musicians that made jazz music popular and also starting the basis for music. This would be a great book to share in the classroom, especially to students in New Orleans.
NMkimdykstra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Personal Response:I thought this was a beautiful book, and the poetry on the pages is wonderful. However, I think there might be a bit too many words each page for kids to process (or more than they want to process).Classroom/Library uses:This would be a great book for a music teacher to incorporate into his or her curriculum. This would also go nicely with studies dealing with the African-American experience in the United States. Since Jazz music is so lyrical and poetic, it could also go along with English studies.
Eclouse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A poetry book about the different aspects of Jazz music. Would be great to use in a lesson either about different kinds of music or when talking about different kind of poetry. The illustrations are also very well done and give the book another aspect of being able to see the different aspects of Jazz.
chrismyersgroup on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book takes lyrics from existing jazz songs and places them with pictures. The illustrations are done very creatively with paint and ink. Each illustration seems to link directly to the text it is matched with. Christopher Myers did a great job at choosing images that would link to the text, yet still drive curiosity and a sense of history. He is able to portray the strong history, culture and emotion behind jazz music though facial expressions, instruments used, and people he has chosen to represent.