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Bedtime Jazz Story

Let’s say you have intransigent five-to-eight-year-olds living in your house who refuse to acknowledge the greatness of jazz, preferring candy-coated pop acts. You could deny them dessert until they listen to your old Trane records, or you could simply read to them from Jazz Cats, a new children’s book by David Davis which aims to kindle curiosity about jazz in young minds.

The book takes place in a fairy-tale New Orleans populated by cats of all stripes. “When I was growing up, we went to New Orleans a couple of times, and it just seemed like a magical place,” says Davis. “When I was a young man in the 60s, I spent a weekend or two sitting in Café Diamant with hardly any money, and these guys would come up and start playing jazz. I’m certainly no authority on jazz, but I do like the music, and I wanted to do something about New Orleans and jazz for the kids.”

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