His Life in Jazz With 21 ActivitiesBook - 2009
Offers a look at the life, times, and accomplishments of this celebrated musician of jazz with tips for how to make a ragtime rhythm, create a washtub bass, do a piano roll, and more through a number of fun activities for middle readers. Original.
Independent Publishing Group
Duke Ellington, one of the most influential figures in American music, comes alive in this comprehensive biography with engaging activities. Ellington was an accomplished and influential jazz pianist, composer, band leader, and cultural diplomat. Activities include creating a ragtime rhythm, making a washtub bass, writing song lyrics, thinking like an arranger, and learning to dance the Lindy Hop. It explores Ellington’s life and career along with many topics related to African American history, including the Harlem Renaissance. Kids will learn about the musical evolution of jazz that coincided with Ellington’s long life from ragtime through the big band era on up to the 1970s. Kids learn how music technology has changed over the years from piano rolls to record albums through CDs, television, and portable music devices. The extensive resources include a time line, glossary, list of Ellington’s greatest recordings, related books, Web sites, and DVDs for further study.
Presents the life and accomplishments of Duke Ellington, focusing on the social aspects of his music and career as well as his personal life.