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Benny Goodman and Teddy Wilson: Taking the…

Benny Goodman and Teddy Wilson: Taking the Stage As the First…

by Lesa Cline-Ransome

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While I enjoyed the book, I found it kind of confusing with the back and forth between the artists. If you don't already know who they are you could very easily get lost in this book. The pictures were beautiful and you could really see the audience's love for the music they were playing. One thing the book left out and I would be really interested to know is how they came up with the name for the band? Was it due to racism prevalent in that time period or was Teddy on board with the name and didn't have much of an opinion? ( )
  MeganSchneider | Feb 9, 2017 |
I want to own this book. Taking MUS 102 at BSU has made me fall in love with jazz music and I already adored Benny Goodman. But I did not know that there was this story!!!
  Gabrielle_Stoller | Oct 14, 2016 |
The story of how jazz musicians Teddy Wilson and Benny Goodman broke the color barrier in entertainment when they formed the Benny Goodman Trio with Gene Krupa. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
This book tells the story of how Benny Goodman and Teddy Wilson came together, breaking racial protocols, to perform jazz. Both musicians' childhoods are told and how they met is also included. This book would be excellent to include during a lesson about segregation or civil rights. Also, it shows how different people can come together to accomplish extraordinary things. There are many literary elements found in the text, alliteration to name one. ( )
  rpazmino-calligan | Oct 1, 2014 |
The parallel biography tracing the lives and development of two jazz greats comes together much as does the music of these trailblazers. From music-loving families, Benny Goodman grew up in Chicago and played clarinet; Teddy Wilson grew up in Alabama and played piano, both making their way to professional lives in New York. Not long after they met and formed the Benny Goodman trio, they turned musical history on its ear, breaking the color line for the first time ever with black and white musicians performing together: “It wasn’t soft. It wasn’t black. It wasn’t sweet. It wasn’t white. It was swing.” Energetic illustrations and a jaunty rhythmic text make this book soar. Of course, you will have to play Benny Goodman and Teddy Wilson's music when you read the book. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s13jhv0zQag ( )
  pataustin | Sep 7, 2014 |
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Expressive poetry honors the first widely seen integrated jazz performance: the debut of the Benny Goodman Trio with Teddy Wilson in 1936 Chicago. 

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Celebrates the first widely seen integrated jazz performance: the debut of the Benny Goodman quartet with Teddy Wilson in 1936 Chicago.

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