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First Book of Jazz

The First Book of Jazz

1950s, Art, Book Covers, Literature, Music • 2743 Views • Comments Off

J is for Jazz – some cool illustrations from the childrens book The First Book of Jazz  by Langston Hughes. The Artwork was created by Animator and Cartoonist Cliff Roberts. His pictures appeared in magazines such as the New Yorker and Playboy. He also worked on the Childrens TV show Sesame Street as an animator and produced the Sesame Street newspaper comic strip.

The First Book of Jazz, endpaper

The First Book of Jazz, title page spread

The First Book of Jazz, p. vi: Louis (Armstrong), Happy, Little Mack and Georgie

The First Book of Jazz, p. 3: washboard band

The First Book of Jazz, pp. 4–5: African drums

The First Book of Jazz, p. 16: Golden Slippers

The First Book of Jazz, p. 22: Ragtime

The First Book of Jazz, p. 26: Boogie-woogie

The First Book of Jazz, p. 28: singing trumpets

The First Book of Jazz, p. 38: improvising

The First Book of Jazz, p. 40: syncopation

The First Book of Jazz, p. 43: Chicago and New York
The First Book of Jazz, p. 51: Swing
The First Book of Jazz, p. 54: Be Bop

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