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Recommended Reading

Use these resources to start or supplement your school or classroom library.

Source: Friends of the Arts, Smithsonian Institute

Early Elementary

Armentrout, Patricia and David. Jazz and Blues, Sounds of Music, 1999.

Burleigh, Robert. Lookin' for Bird in the Big City, 2001.

Collier, Bryan. Uptown, 2000.

Davis, David. Jazz Cats, 2001.

Dillon, Leo and Diane. Rap A Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles - Think of That!, 2002.

Hurd, Thatcher. Mama Don't Allow, 1984.

Hurwitz, Andy Blackman. Charlie Bird Counts to the Beat, 2006.

Little Louis and the Jazz Band, 1994.

Raschka, Chris. Charlie Parker Played Be-Bop, 1992.

Schneider, Christine M. Saxophone Sam and His Snazzy Jazz Band, 2002.

Shaik, Fatima. The Jazz of Our Street, 1998.

Weatherford, Carole Boston. Jazz Baby, 2002.

Winer, Jonah. Once Upon a Time in Chicago: The Story of Benny Goodman, 2000.

Late Elementary

Brown, Gene. Duke Ellington: Jazz Master, 1990.

Elmer, Howard. Blues: Its Birth and Growth, 1999.

Evans, Mark. Scott Joplin and the Ragtime Years, 1976.

Governar, Alan, editor. Stompin' At The Savoy, 2006.

Old, Wendie C. Louis Armstrong, King of Jazz, 1998.

Olmstead, Mary. Tito Puente, 2005.

Middle/Junior High

Ayazi-Hashjin, Sherry. Rap and Hip Hop: The Voice of a Generation, 1999.

Brown, Gene. Duke Ellington: Jazz Master, 1990.

Frankl, Ron. Charlie Parker, 1992.

Marsalis, Wynton, illustrated by Paul Rogers. Jazz A B Z, 2005.

Preston, Katherine. Scott Joplin, 1988.

Woog, Adam. The Importance of Duke Ellington, 1996.

High School

Awmiller, Craig. The House On Fire: The Story of the Blues, 1996.

Crow, Bill. Jazz Anecdotes, 1990.

Feinstein, Sasha and Komunyakaa Yusef (editors). The Jazz Poetry Anthology, 1991.

Feinstein, Sasha and Komunyakaa Yusef (editors). The Second Set, Vol. 2 The Jazz Anthology, 2008.

Fordham, John. Jazz, 1999.

Gottlieb, William. The Golden Age of Jazz, 1995.

Hasse, John Edward, ed. Jazz: The First Century, 2000.

Herd, Ron (R2C2H2). James Reese Europe: Jazz Lieutenant, 2005.

King, Johnny. What Jazz Is: An Insider's Guide To Understanding and Listening To Jazz, 1997.

Korall, Burt. Drummin' Men: The Heartbeat of Jazz; The Swing Years, 1990.

Roberts, John Storm. Latin Jazz: The First of the Fusions, 1880s to Today, 1999.