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Need some ideas on summer reading, try these:
Little Melba with Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown
“Music lovers will enjoy this picture-book biography of Melba Liston (1926-99), child prodigy and virtuoso trombonist who collaborated with most 20th century jazz greats. An excellent match of breezy text and dynamic illustrations tells an exhilarating story.”
Music Is My Mistress by Edward Kennedy Ellington
” ‘Music is my mistress, and she play second fiddle to no one.’ This is the story of Duke Ellington-the story of Jazz itself. Told in his own way, in his own words, s symphony written by the King of Jazz. His story spans and defines a half century of modern music.”
Lush Life – A Biography of Billy Strayhorn by David Hajdu
“Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967) was one of the most accomplished composers in American music, the creator of such standards as “Take the ‘A’ Train”, yet all his life he was overshadowed by his friend and collaborator, Duke Ellington. Through scrutiny of Strayhorn’s private papers and more than five hundred interviews, Hajdu revives Strayhorn as one of the most complex and tragic figures in jazz history.”