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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (236 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Dean Myers Narrator: James 'D Train' Williams, Vaneese Thomas Publisher: Live Oak Media Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN:
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Jazz, winner of the first-ever Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production from the American Library Association, features performances by jazz vocalists James D-Train Williams and Vaneese Thomas.

The history of jazz is presented in a series of 15 poems that are read and sung, against a backdrop of original music that sets the appropriate mood and tone for each of the varied pieces. The result is a celebration through poetry and music that reflects the heart and soul of the many styles of jazz in a glowing tribute to a truly American art form. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monika | 2/16/2014

    " A Coretta Scott King honor book for illustration, Jazz is a picture book about the history of jazz music and the African American music experience. The illustrations are gorgeous, and the text features colorful lyrical poems. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennie | 1/19/2014

    " I was really stunned by the illustrations in this book; they are very beautiful and invoke a real jazz club feeling. The poems themselves are bright and lively and truly meant to be read out loud. This book would be perfect for introducing children to the themes and influences of jazz music. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 abbylee Oqueli | 1/10/2014

    " I used this book and the CD that goes with it when I taught a unit on Jazz and I had 100 students absolutely mesmerized. It's wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 12/30/2013

    " Jazz is a fun and informative picture book written about jazz music and the people associated with it. It is written in poetic verses and would be a great read-aloud. The illustrations are beautifully done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/4/2013

    " This book is close to perfection. Stunning visually and poetically. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 N_katieg52 | 11/17/2013

    " I listened to this book on cd. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reading | 11/2/2013

    " Excellent audio book!! Poetry with jazz behind it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 3/9/2013

    " It's hard to convey true jazz without using music, but the brilliant text in this book manages to do just that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 10/3/2012

    " A good introduction to jazz for young readers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 3/6/2012

    " Awesome lyrical poetry and CD that accompanies the book. A great way to introduce kids to jazz! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie Forrest | 2/19/2012

    " Loved loved loved the artwork and the poetry! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 11/13/2011

    " Poetry and jazz. Beautiful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margie | 8/5/2011

    " This is a great poetry book where the poems, when read aloud, sound like music! I'm not sure how they did that - but it's great! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Cato | 7/31/2011

    " This is a beautiful picture book. It is a MUST HAVE! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 6/5/2011

    " I think this is a pretty advanced read for a picture book probably suitable for upper elementary or even some middle school kids. The poetry tells stories of jazz but it's fairly complicated stuff for little kids. Great artwork. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angel | 6/1/2011

    " when i was in 9th grade this was my favorite book :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 5/31/2011

    " Eh, not my favorite. I did enjoy the script form however. Good plot twists but in the end, still leaves you hanging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 5/17/2011

    " I really enjoyed the style this book was written in, like a screenplay of a movie. Everyone always says that they feel like they are watching a movie of what is happening, well Myers portrayed that emotion perfectly. A very interesting and eye-opening read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Billy | 5/11/2011

    " I liked the screenplay format. Good text to study racism (which is bad). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 5/11/2011

    " I have to read this book for school and its not the type of book that I would pick out to read. It's not horrible but it's not a favorite of mine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Analisa | 5/10/2011

    " Interesting...this book is written in the form of a movie script...tells "close-up of, cut to, voice over, reaction shot" etc. It was a quick and easy read. The story line made me want to read on, but I was disappointed at the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nan | 5/10/2011

    " Very thought-provoking. Is he guilty and is he a monster? Told in a very interesting way, as if a screenplay. Includes his own notes as if to a journal. A convenience store robbery goes wrong, and through court room scenes, you hear what other people think of Steve's role in the robbery. "

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About the Author
Author Walter Dean Myers

Walter Dean Myers (1937–2014) was the acclaimed author of over fifty books, primarily for young adults. His notable works include Fallen Angels, Monster, Crystal, and Scorpions. He won numerous awards for his works, including five Coretta Scott King Awards for African American authors. He also won the first Michael L. Printz Award for his book Monster. In January of 2012 he became the Library of Congress’ National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.