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Jazz on a Saturday Night

Jazz on a Saturday Night

by Diane Dillon, Leo Dillon

If you have ever been lucky enough to hear great jazz, then you will understand the pure magic of this book. Leo and Diane Dillon use bright colors and musical patterns that make music skip off the page in this toe-tapping homage to many jazz greats. From Miles Davis and Charlie Parker to Ella Fitzgerald, here is a dream team sure to knock your socks off.

Learn about this popular music form and read a biography of each player pictured — and then hear each instrument play on a specially produced CD.

What's the featured song? "Jazz on a Saturday Night," written and recorded to accompany this book.

A Coretta Scott King Honor Book

* "A splendid read-aloud/listen-along multisensory title, Jazz is an interdisciplinary workhorse, perfect for music, art, movement, poetry, social studies, and language arts classes." — School Library Journal, starred review

* "...brought to life through brief, 'toe-tappin' poems and paintings that seem to swing off the pages... Equally vibrant are the paintings of the audience, wrapped up in the sound and sharing the energy."" — Booklist, starred review

* "The sophisticated illustrations of the star-filled stage recall Harlem Renaissance paintings" — Publishers Weekly, starred review

4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Interest Level
Grades PreK - 3
Grade Level Equivalent
Lexile Measure
Scholastic Inc.
Book Type
Read-Aloud Book
Number of Pages
Biography and Autobiography, Informational Text

About the Authors

Contributor Image Alt Tag Diane Dillon Artist Diane Dillon is renowned for the enormous body of work she has produced with her husband and collaborator, Leo Dillon.
Contributor Image Alt Tag Leo Dillon Among Leo Dillon's many honors, he and his wife have received two Caldecott Medals, for Ashanti to Zulu and Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears, four New York Times Best Illustrated Awards, four Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards, two Coretta Scott King Awards, two Coretta Scott King Honors, and the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal.

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