Sonny's Bridge: Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins Finds His Groove

Sonny's Bridge: Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins Finds His Groove


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This groovy, bebopping picture book biography chronicles the legendary jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins's search for inspiration on the Williamsburg Bridge after quitting the jazz scene in 1959.

Rollins is one of the most prolific sax players in the history of jazz, but, in 1959, at the height of his career, he vanished from the jazz scene. His return to music was an interesting journey—with a long detour on the Williamsburg Bridge. Too loud to practice in his apartment, Rollins played on the New York City landmark for two years among the cacophony of traffic and the stares of bystanders, leading to the release of his album, The Bridge.

Written in rhythmic prose with a bebop edge, this picture-book biography of Sonny Rollins's journey to get his groove back will delight young and old fans alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580898812
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication date: 05/21/2019
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 524,440
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Barry Wittenstein has worked at CBS Records, CBS News, and was a web editor and writer for Major League Baseball. He is now an elementary-school substitute teacher and children's author. He is the author of The Boo-Boos That Changed the World: A True Story About an Accidental Invention (Really!) and Waiting for Pumpsie.

Keith Mallett studied art at Hunter College in New York City. He was the in-house artist for Frontline Art Publishers for fifteen years. Keith's work was commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's historic breakthrough into major league baseball, has graced the cover of Chicken Soup for the African American Soul, and has been featured in many movies and TV shows. He is the illustrator of Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee and How Jelly Roll Morton Invented Jazz.

Read an Excerpt

Misty night.
Summer night.
East River New York City night.
You hear that?
            Hear what?
That. THAT!
            Somebody’s playing the saxophone. So what?
So that’s Sonny Rollins, that’s what.
            Wait. WHAT? That’s Sonny Rollins? The Sonny Rollins? What the heck is Sonny Rollins doing on the Williamsburg Bridge this time of night?
Nobody knows, man. Nobody knows. ‘Cept Sonny, and He. Ain’t. Sayin’.

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