Hip packaging that emulates the packaging of a 78-rpm record welcomes readers to open Jazz ABZ, a book that poetically and visually celebrates jazzers from the A of Louis Armstrong to the Z of Dizzy Gillespie. Trumpeter and wordsmith Wynton Marsalis sings the praises of the 26 jazz giants in an equal number of poetic forms. Some are expansive, such as the ode to Jelly Roll Morton, while Thelonious Monk earns the simple haiku, “Tonight… there’s Thelonious ticklin’.” On the facing pages, Paul Rogers’ vibrant, straightforward, poster-style paintings act as the stars’ billboards. The volume also includes biographical sketches of the musicians and brief recommendations for their recordings as well as explanations of the poetic forms.
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