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If I Only Had a Horn: Young Louis Armstrong (edition 2002)
by Roxane Orgill, Leonard Jenkins (Illustrator)
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Roxane Orgill’s vivid words and Leonard Jenkins’s dramatic pictures combine to tell the story of a boy who grew up to be a giant of jazzthe legendary and beloved Louis Armstrong. As a poor boy in New Orleans, where music was everywheredancing out of doorways, singing on street corners, crying from the cornet of the great Joe Oliver for all to hearLouis longed for a horn so that he too could sing, bring home pennies, and, most of all, tap happy-feet blues till the sun rose. It wasn’t going to be easy. Many things, not all of them good, had to happen before he got his horn. But when at last he did, he sent music spiraling up into the New Orleans night sky like a spinning top gone crazy.
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Relates how the famous jazz trumpeter began his musical career, as a poor boy in New Orleans, by singing songs on street corners and playing a battered cornet in a marching band.
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