Jazz Day by Roxane Orgill

Jazz Day

What happens when you invite as many jazz musicians as you can to pose for a photo in 1950s Harlem? Playful verse and glorious artwork capture an iconic moment for American jazz.When Esquire magazine planned an issue to salute the American jazz scene in 1958, graphic designer Art Kane pitched a crazy idea: how about gathering a group of beloved jazz musicians and photographing them? He didn’t own a good camera, didn’t know if any musicians wo...

Details Jazz Day

TitleJazz Day
Release DateMar 8th, 2016
PublisherCandlewick Press
GenrePoetry, Childrens, Picture Books, Nonfiction, Music, History, Cultural, African American

Reviews Jazz Day

  • Betsy
    Some books for kids have a hard road ahead of them. Here’s a secret. If you want a book to sell just oodles and oodles of copies to the general public, all you have to do is avoid writing in one of two specific genres: poetry and nonfiction. Even the best and brightest nonfiction books have a nasty tendency to fade from public memory too soon, and poetry only ever gets any notice during April a.k.a National Poetry Month. I say that, and yet the...
  • Cheryl
    Marvelous. About half is the poems (mostly free verse, like improv.) and about half is all the notes that many of us always wish for. Iow, very useful in an educational setting!But also beautifully illustrated, and engaging. Not for tots, really more for those children old enough to do research reports. But the poems and pictures certainly can be shared with jazzy little ones if you have a family of different ages. Don't forget to play some jazz ...
  • Samantha
    A poetic look at the making of a famous photograph. The well-written introduction gives readers all they need to be able to appreciate the project Art Kane took on in dreaming up this photograph. The poems themselves take readers into the sights, sounds, and feels of the set that day in August 1958 and do much to create enthusiasm for jazz music and its many makers.The photo is included in a special fold out section and the poems preceding it do ...
  • Laura Harrison
    I can't convey strongly enough how much I love this book. The text is wonderful, pictures, illustrations-just perfect. I am thrilled that children will be learning more about such amazing icons of jazz. Btw, Jazz Day should have many top awards bestowed upon it.
  • Agnė
    This is the famous photograph, Harlem 1958, the topic of this picturebook:I love the concept of Jazz Day (i.e., its successful attempt to recreate the day the famous photo was taken). And the amount of research that was put into this project simply amazes me. The clever, mostly free verse poems and the vibrant illustrations that at times look improvised or like a work still in progress both convey the spirit of jazz perfectly:I also really apprec...
  • Susan
    This book has it all...fantastic illustrations, poetry, extensive back matter. I won't be surprised to hear this title (more than one) on awards day.
  • Abigail
    Music historian and children's author Roxanne Orgill takes a look at the creation of the famous photograph, "Harlem 1958," in which fifty-seven jazz musicians gathered in Harlem for a photo shoot for a special supplement of Esquire Magazine, on 'The Golden Age of Jazz.' Using mostly free-form poetry, with a few more formal poems as well, Orgill chronicles the process in which graphic designer Art Kane gathered so many Jazz luminaries for the shoo...
  • Richie Partington
    Richie’s Picks: JAZZ DAY: THE MAKING OF A FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPH by Roxane Orgill and Francis Vallejo, ill., Candlewick, March 2016, 66p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-6954-6“LateThelonious Monk, pianistThe man from the record company hired a taxiTo pick up Thelonious Sphere MonkWho had a regular gig with a quartetAt the Five Spot in Cooper SquareTurned them awayNight after nightLateMonk was always lateFor work at the Five SpotStraight to the pianoTo play a m...
  • Jackie B. - Death by Tsundoku
    Jazz has always been compared to poetry. It's fluid and ever changing; not sticking to strict form in most senses. This book felt perfect as a collection of poems. It embodied the personalities of some incredible jazz greats. This group of people requires freedom, not structure.Francis Vallejo's illustrations match perfectly. The acrylic and pastels show movement- like these cats can't sit still. Which, my guess is, they couldn't-- there's a reas...
  • Ann Haefele
    Jazz, history, and photography are all combined in this outstanding nonfiction prose picture book. It will not be an easy sell for children, but it is a fantastic book to use in the classroom or library class. In 1958, Esquire magazine was planning a special issue on American Jazz. Any jazz player was invited to NYC for a group photo...instruments not required. There was a concern if anybody would show up, but many did. This is the story behind t...
  • Rummanah (Books in the Spotlight)
    Jazz Day is remarkable poetry collection in which the author recreates an iconic 1958 Harlem photograph spotlighting many famous jazz musicians in just 21 poems. The poems flows beautifully as the sets up the background starting with Kane's inspiration of the photograph to providing short glimpses of the musicians' biography. Since I don't listen to jazz, a lot of the musicians were new to me and I learned a great deal from the poems. My favorite...
  • Matthew
    It's hard to top a book like this one for thoroughness. The author really did the necessary legwork here. This is a book of poems chronicling the taking of a famous photograph of jazz musicians for Essence magazine. Honestly, I'd never heard of the photo prior to reading this book, but I read this and learned quite a lot. A copy of the photo is contained in a foldout page in the middle. I liked this book for a lot of reasons, but more than anythi...
  • Mhedish17
    This narrative nonfiction is a story about 1958 Harlem and the making of a picture in a magazine article about jazz players. Throughout the story we get to take a look at the musicians talent and struggles, their memorable characteristics, and the atmosphere of Harlem at the time which was full or energy both good and bad. The story takes us on a journey of how the photographer got all the musicians together for one big picture and features dozen...
  • Alison
    This is a tasteful and rich tribute to jazz and its history and culture in the 1950's. It contains poems which tell the story of a unique magazine photograph being made and highlights many jazz musicians, as well as the regular people watching it in the Harlem community. The writing is creative and illustrations are astonishingly beautiful. The book also shows the real magazine photo in its middle and identifies each in the photo in the notes at ...
  • EmilyV
    Winner of American Library Association Notable Book Award, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book 2016, Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature Best Books of 2016 and many others provides a picture into Harlem 1958. This book has much to offer readers as both an inviting and engaging example of poetry but also to expose readers to Jazz and Harlem in the late 1950s. The poems center around the day that graphic desig...
  • Niki Marion
    I really like Betsy Bird's Goodreads review on this one because while praising this book to no end, she also brings up the difficulty of nonfiction poetry books Standing the test of time and the difficulty of pinpointing this book's audience, since it is a book for middle grade readers. I think Betsy's notes about reading some poems now (the poems by the younger boys) and other poems later is fascinating. Regardless, this book was a joy for me to...
  • Kifflie
    In 1958, a graphic designer named Art Kane had the idea to get as many famous jazz musicians together as he could and take a photograph in Harlem. Told in verse, this is the story of how it happened. Each little poem is like its own jazz riff, and the artwork is full of life and energy. What a cool concept for a book, and I love how this writer and illustrator pulled it off. It certainly made me want to listen to some jazz music and learn more ab...
  • Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)
    This is quite a book. Unfortunately, a nonfiction book about jazz written in a poetry format is something of a hard sell. While I didn't really enjoy reading the book, it is still quite a book. Loved the illustrations, also liked that there is biographical information at the end and of course that the photograph is included. This book made me interested in something I wasn't particularly interested in before.
  • Michele Knott
    Make sure this book is on your TBR list. I think it easily has a place on Mock Sibert and Mock Caldecott lists. Love that this 1 event is captured in smaller moments through poems. Great back matter at the end.
  • Cara Byrne
    A beautiful book that celebrates a historic photograph from 1958 of key jazz musicians and community members in Harlem, all told through poetry. Even though the book is in picture book form, the long, thought-fully crafted poems would be appropriate for middle school (and adult!) readers as well.
  • Molly Dettmann
    I really liked the illustrations and I enjoyed the mini-bios at the end.
  • Peg
    Absolutely fascinating!
  • Jayden
    I can't believe that this book was so interesting. And it was non fiction. So fun to read. The biographies were interesting.
  • Alex Baugh
    By the late 1950s, jazz was as very popular and decidedly American art form, and so, in 1958, Esquire Magazine decided to do an article about it. Graphic designer Art Kane got the job, but his innovative idea about how he wanted to do the article was different and risky. Kane's idea was to invite as many jazz musicians as were willing to show up early in the morning on Tuesday, August 12, 1958 after a long night of playing in clubs and photograph...
  • Stephanie Croaning
    In 1958, in front of a nondescript brownstone in Harlem, a man named Art Kane managed to gather 58 jazz musicians, and using a borrowed camera, captured one of the most iconic photos that would symbolize the "Golden Age of Jazz." In the Author's Note in the back of the book, Roxane Orgill tell us that "the poems in this collection were all inspired by Art Kane's photograph Harlem 1958. The verses about the musicians are based on fact" (p. 43). Or...
  • Christina
    This nonfiction picture book tells the story of the iconic photograph, Harlem 1958, which captured a one-of-a-kind meeting of 57 jazz musicians, many legendary, some just getting into the biz, in the same photo on one incredible day. Esquire magazine photographer Art Kane arranged to close off a street in Harlem and advertised for any and all jazz musicians to show up at the appointed hour. He had no idea how many might actually show, but he succ...
  • Barbara
    I have a thing for books that tell the story behind photographs or moments in history, and this book does exactly like that in a series of poems. It was the brain child of Art Kane, a graphic designer who thought it would be cool to invite jazz musicians to Harlem for a photograph on one particular morning in 1958. Fifty-eight men and women showed up, and 57 of them posed for that photograph that ended up in a feature for of Esquire magazine, a s...
  • Nick Harriger
    In 1958 Art Kane decided the jazz musicians must unite. He has a crazy idea that all the jazz musicians should take a photograph, but not just any photo. On an early morning in August in Harlem would be the time and place. Who would show up? Would anyone at all even show? How was there? Get supplies to create your own Porkpie Hat. Make your own design on the hat. Why do you think some musicians wore these?What is your opinion on jazz music? Justi...
  • Michael Enright
    Jazz Day is based off of a true story of one magazine's idea to take a photograph of the most famous and important musicians and artist from Harlem in 1958. This is a collection of poems and bios about many of the important figures from the Harlem Renaissance.Jazz Day is an excellent collection of poems that can be used to educate students about the Harlem renaissance and some of it's most important individuals, like the jazz artists depicted in ...
  • Stephanie Fields
    The genre of Jazz Day is poetry picture book. This book of poetry was awarded with The Washington Post's Best Children's and young adult of 2016 and the Children's Literature Assembly's Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts award in 2017. This book is intended for children 8-12. This unique poetry picture book tells the behind the sense the scene story of a famous Jazz photograph. I gave this book 4 stars. I enjoyed the way the poems told ...