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Jazz for Young People
posted: July 14, 2016

I’m working with my friends at Jazz at Lincoln Center on a ten volume set of teacher’s guides to Jazz for Young People. These books and digital downloads will serve as an introduction to jazz music to thousands of students in music classrooms and in community jazz education courses. Lesson plans are by the music educator Sharon Burch and there’s audio and video recordings by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and classic recordings by jazz giants from history. Starting with Volume 1, this book introduces the music of New Orleans and Jelly Roll Morton. Volumes 2 - 10 will take students through the Swing Era, Bebop, Cool Jazz and Afro-Cuban Jazz.
 
At first, the idea was to design one cover that could be used for all ten volumes, but in a crafty negotiating ploy, I offered to design 10 covers for the same price as one. I enjoy thinking that the first thing some kids will ever see or hear about Jelly Roll Morton will be my drawing of him playing a piano that’s also a building.
Back cover...

The books also include some black and white spot drawings....


3 comments
Scott Wilson July 14, 2016
Brilliant! I so love your style.
Victor Juhasz July 29, 2016
Great work, Paul. Simply beautiful illustrations for a wonderful educational program.
Alan Witschonke August 11, 2016
Perfect illustrator for this assignment. Love the cover concept. Very evocative of New Orleans. Dying to know what the 3rd lesson, "Audubon Zoo" is all about!
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