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New Jazz Book for Kids Available

Gather ’round, kids – it’s time to learn about jazz. Johnny Hannah recently finished his book, Hot Jazz Special, to entice children to the wonderful world of jazz.

The book focuses on jazz’s history, from Jelly Roll Morton to Duke Ellington, and explains how many of today’s rock stars have their roots in jazz. He includes biographies of nine influential musicians: Morton, Ellington, Django Reinhardt, Walter Page, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker. And, as a further incentive, the book’s jacket even unfolds to become a poster.

The book is $16.99 and published by Candlewick Press. It is available online through

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