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DIZZY

Not me. The picture book. Although I could understand the mistake.




Dizzy by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Sean Qualls is a picture book biography of jazz great Dizzy Gillespie. This book pulls no (literal) punches about Dizzy's early childhood and its abusive nature, which the young trumpeter channeled into his music.

He liked to clown around and to go his own way, earning him the nickname "Dizzy". Although he started as a trumpeter in a swing band (and worked for Cab Calloway), his improvisations ran further afield until he got fired from that gig. In late-night meetings with other jazz musicians, Dizzy invented "Bebop," a style of jazz to be listened to (not for dance).

The text has a nice poetic feel to it. The drawings move from Dizzy as a small child to a larger-than-life icon. A great complement to, say, Jazz ABZ by Wynton Marsalis or Chris Raschka's John Coltrane's Giant Steps or Charlie Parker Played BeBop.





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sruble
Jan. 17th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
"DIZZY Not me. The picture book. Although I could understand the mistake."

I'm looking forward to seeing this one - especially the art!
kellyrfineman
Jan. 17th, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
The grim picture of his childhood was a surprise to me, that's for sure. But I think it might speak to a lot of kids who are in similar situations.
sruble
Jan. 17th, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC)
Then I guess I will have to read the book, instead of just looking at the pictures ...

BTW, I meant to say that I liked your quote; I thought it was clever and funny. ("DIZZY Not me. The picture book. Although I could understand the mistake.") I realized that I just put the quote there and didn't comment. I guess that means I'm the dizzy one - must be the heat at work today - it's tropical.
kellyrfineman
Jan. 18th, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
I knew it meant you dug it. No worries.
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