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The First book of Jazz

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Langston Hughes, great writer and poet, was also a jazz fan.

In this slim book , he traces the development of jazz, hitting all the basic elements: African polyrhythmic drumming transported to Congo Square in New Orleans, work songs and slave songs, homemade instruments, spirituals, the blues, ragtime, minstrel shows, improvisation, the spread of jazz to New York and Chicago and the regional bands, the influence of Louis Armstrong.Great picture & design.  
Langston Hughes (Author), Cliff Roberts (Illustrator)

 

 

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