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African American musicians
Tate, Eleanora E.
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Publication Information:
New York : J. Wiley, [2000]

Physical Description:
vi, 170 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Presents biographical profiles of African Americans, both legendary and less well-known, who have made significant contributions to music in the United States over the past 200 years.
Reading Level:
1130 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 6-8 7.1 9 Quiz: 28029 Guided reading level: NR.
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ML3929 .T38 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area-Black History
ML3929 .T38 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
ML3929 .T38 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
ML3929 .T38 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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Meet the black musicians who created Americais greatest music--from the early years to modern times Marian Anderson Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong Chuck Berry Thomas "Blind Tom" Greene Bethune Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle James Brown Ray Charles Edmund Dede Thomas Andrew Dorsey Duke Ellington Ella Fitzgerald Aretha Franklin Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield W. C. Handy Mahalia Jackson Michael Jackson Francis Hall Johnson Scott Joplin B. B. King Queen Latifah Millie-Christine McCoy Jessye Norman Gertrude "Ma" Rainey (Pridgett) Doug and Frankie Quimby Paul Robeson Bessie Smith Stevie Wonder

Author Notes

Author Jim Haskins was born in Demopolis, Alabama on September 19, 1941. He received a B.A. from Georgetown University in 1960, a B.S. from Alabama State University in 1962, and a M.A. from the University of New Mexico in 1963. After graduation, he became a special education teacher in a public school in Harlem. His first book, Diary of a Harlem School Teacher, was the result of his experience there. He taught at numerous colleges and universities before becoming an English professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville in 1977.

He wrote more than 100 books during his lifetime, ranging from counting books for children to biographies on Rosa Parks, Hank Aaron and Spike Lee. He won numerous awards for his work including the 1976 Coretta Scott King Award for The Story of Stevie Wonder, the 1984 Coretta Scott King Award for Lena Horne, the 1979 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Scott Joplin: The Man Who Made Ragtime; and the 1994 Washington Post Children's Book Guide Award. He also won the Carter G. Woodson Award for young adult non-fiction for Black Music in America; The March on Washington; and Carter G. Woodson: The Man Who Put "Black" in American History in 1989, 1994, and 2001, respectively. He died from complications of emphysema on July 6, 2005 at the age of 63.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-9-This collective biography presents performers from the early 1800s (Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield) to the present day (Queen Latifah). Many genres and skills are represented from spirituals, gospel, ragtime, blues, jazz, and soul. Scott Joplin, Marian Anderson, Duke Ellington, and Aretha Franklin are here as well as Michael Jackson and a few lesser-known individuals. Each entry includes a black-and-white photo or reproduction and sidebars on pertinent topics. This is a good overview that gives enough information to inspire further study on individual musicians.-Janet Woodward, Garfield High School, Seattle, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

The Early Years
Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield
Edmund Dede
The Civil War Years And Reconstruction
Thomas "Blind Tom" Greene Bethune
Millie-Christine McCoy
Into The New Century
Scott Joplin.W. C. Handy
Gertrude "Ma" Rainey
Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle
Francis Hall Johnson
Bessie Smith
Marian Anderson
Paul Robeson
Duke Ellington
Thomas Andrew Dorsey
The modern years
Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong
Mahalia Jackson
Ella Fitzgerald.B. B. King
Chuck Berry
Ray Charles
James Brown
Doug and Frankie Quimby
Aretha Franklin