A Child’s Introduction to Jazz


In 1961, jazz saxophonist Julian “Cannonball” Adderley narrated a children’s introduction to jazz music. Part of a larger series of educational record albums for children, it offered an “easy-going, conversational discussion of the highlights of the jazz story,” spotlighting the “major styles and great performers” that began in New Orleans and spread beyond. The 46-minute album contains samplings from legendary jazz figures Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, and more. Listen to this out-of-print classic for free on YouTube!

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