Meet the Great Jazz Legends
Short Sessions on the Lives, Times, Music of the Great Jazz Legends
By Ronald McCurdy
Deluxe Set: book, reproducible activity sheets and CD
72 pages (Teacher book)
Tells the stories of 17 legendary jazz artists who have enriched our lives with their incredible music. These 17 units are designed to give students an appreciation and understanding of the jazz legends whose music they play and listen to.
Each unit has includes a picture of the jazz legend, fact box, suggested listening selections, the story of the legend's life, a study of his/ her music with insight about the time or place the jazz legend lived, and a question and answer page for review in the form of a game or puzzle.
Each unit is designed to be complete in a 20-30 minute session that can be modified to fit any teaching situation. The featured jazz artists span the entire 20th century, from Louis Armstrong to Herbie Hancock.
The included copy-permissible activity sheets have a composer profile, picture of legend, and a word search, crossword, or word scramble that uses fill-in-the-blank fact sentences for clues.
The Story of Louis Armstrong, New Orleans- The Birthplace of Jazz, Armstrong Word Search
The Story of James P. Johnson, Stride Piano- The Harlem Stride School, Johnson Puzzler
The Story of Duke Ellington, The Cotton Club- A Great Spot in Harlem, Ellington Scramble
The Story of Count Basie, Kansas City Jazz Style- Riffs & Rough Livin', Basie Crossword
The Story of Benny Goodman, The Swing Era- Singing/ Dancing/ Escaping, Goodman Crossword
The Story of Ella Fitzgerald, The Apollo Theater- Pride & Promise, Fitzgerald Scramble
The Story of Billie Holiday, Jazz Ballads- Deeply Personal Interpretations, Holiday True or False
The Story of Charlie Parker, The Bebop Era- Pushing the Envelope, Parker Word Search
The Story of Dizzie Gillespie, Minton's Playhouse- The House of Bebop, Gillespie Scramble
The Story of Thelonius Monk, The Civil Rights Movement- Its Effect on Music in the United States, Monk Scramble
The Story of Miles Davis, Cool Jazz- Subdued Expression, Davis Scramble
The Story of Dave Brubeck, Odd & Mixed Meters- Jazz Expansion, Brubeck Word Search
The Story of Clifford Brown, The Hard Bop Era- Searching in New Directions, Brown Scramble
The Story of John Coltrane, Modal Jazz- Expansive Expression, Coltrane Crossword
The Story of Bill Evans, Kind of Blue- A Modal Jazz Classic, Evans Crossword
The Story of Charles Mingus, The Avant-Garde Era- Free Jazz, Mingus Scramble
The Story of Herbie Hancock, Jazz Fusion- Blending Jazz & Rock, Hancock Word Search Characteristics of the Jazz Eras
Glossary of Jazz Terms
Harlem Air Shaft
Playhouse No. 2 Stomp
How High the Moon
Billie's Blues (I Love My Man)
Now's the Time
A Night in Tunisia
My Favorite Things
Waltz for Debby
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