Music for the eyes and ears

January 10, 2010 at 11:31 am

Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Sean Qualls; published by Henry Holt and Company, New York; 2008.

The artist’s use of watercolor, acrylics and collage really set the mood for a little jazz: combining seemingly dissimilar styles into a singular song or image.  The lyric words create the sounds that influenced John Coltrane.  The placement of the text within the images also created the illusion of waves of sounds.  An author’s note at the end of the book offers more information about Coltrane and even provides a list for “listening” and reading.

I would combine this book with a selection of Coltrane’s CD’s in a box about jazz, or a program about jazz, or in a display during Black History Month.


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