Welcome to Saturday night at a 1940’s era jazz club; an all star lineup of jazz greats is about to perform. Uncomplicated rhyming text highlights the show providing an overview of jazz music, instrumentation, and the overall musical wonder transfixing the audience. Deep, richly colored illustrations highlight the text as double page spreads draw attention to each musician in turn. Focus moves seamlessly between audience and performer, while the deft use of color and light prove it is possible to see music, “The curtain is closed, but we still hold the glow.” While it may seem impractical to visually present jazz music, this book is up to the task. Additional information in the form of a brief introduction and brief biographies of jazz musicians are provided. An accompanying CD features the Dillon’s introducing “jazz and the instruments in this book,” as well as their original song “Jazz on a Saturday Night,” performed by Ira Ingber.
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