When graphic designer Art Kane assembled 57 notable jazz musicians in front of a Harlem brownstone in the summer of 1958 for a magazine photo, he probably did not realize how iconic that image would become. Roxane Orgill’s free verse poetry takes the minutiae of those hours and turns it into a descriptive, entertaining, and engaging narrative. Debut illustrator Francis Vallejo’s acrylic and pastel images are vibrant, beautiful, and perfectly evocative of the era. The book is a refreshingly original work of art that tells the story of an extraordinary Jazz Day (Candlewick, $18.99). Ages 9-13.
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