Written by Wynton Marsalis
Illustrated by Paul Rogers
Ages 0 months and up, Grades 0 and up
Wynton Marsalis and Paul Rogers, through both of their genius, have created a children’s book, that quite frankly, any parent would want to keep for themselves. With poetic, jazzy, riff-like text and big, bold illustrations so magnificent they should be featured in any art museum, Jazz ABZ: An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits will delight young children as well as adults who have a deep appreciation for jazz.
Utilizing the alphabet for his guide, Marsalis features every jazz great from A for Armstrong to Z for Dizzy. Detailed biographical sketches of the artists written and compiled by Phil Schaap and notes on poetic style round out the book. Plus, there is a music list of suggested songs to listen to while reading the book to your children as well as a Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra poster in the back. This is definitely a book you should get two copies of — one for your children and one for you to sit down and read with a nice cup of coffee and Ella singing some tunes.