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Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic, 2006 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 42 pages
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From the author of FRIDA comes a jangly, jumpy, beboping book about Dizzy Gillespie, the clown prince of jazz.

This is the story of Dizzy Gillespie, a real cool cat who must have been born with a horn in his hands, judging from the way he played the trumpet. Jazz was his ticket on a train to better days, and he left his hard life in a small town for New York City and the hottest band around. But did Dizzy stand straight and play right? NO! He was a clown. He hit high notes, low notes, never-been-heard notes, and before he knew it, Dizzy created a whole new music: BEBOP.

This is a story about a boy who breaks all the rules -- and finds his own personal heaven along the way.

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love sean qualls illustrations - Goodreads
interesting pictures. - Goodreads
... prose has a real jazzy cool cat style to it. - Goodreads
The illustrations though out the book blew me away. - Goodreads
This time the illustrations are by Sean Qualls. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Talwold - LibraryThing

This is a neat story of Dizzy Gillespie and how music helped him escape a troubled childhood. He leaves his life in the south and his abusive father for his chance at music in New York. He goes from fighting to pouring his heart into his music. Read full review

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User Review  - Randy - Goodreads

How did Dizzy Gillespie get his name? That question, and several others are answered in this look at the early life of one of jazz's greatest innovators. I picked this book up because it was part of ... Read full review


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About the author (2006)

Jonah Winter has written many exciting picture book biographies for children, with subjects that include Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Barack Obama, and Dizzy Gillespie. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA.

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