|Jazz Superhero Billie Holiday Lady Day and Jazz Superhero Lester Young Prez: Biographies of America's own Jazz Superheroes "for hip grownups and soulful kids"
America's original art form: Jazz, was born out of slavery; triumphed over obstacles of racism and poverty, even defied death, to become America's greatest cultural gift to the world! Yet few Americans really know the 'Hidden History' behind the Jazz Superheroes' trials and tribulations. Finally our young people, all hip grownups and soulful kids, can share the wonder and proud history of our truly original American art form!
Come celebrate with us:
Eve Zanni's Jazz Superheroes Book Release Party at Westbeth Artists Complex
May 4, 2018, 7-10pm
155 Bank Street, New York New York 10014
Between Washington and The Westside Highway in the far West Village
Free admission, refreshments available, Jazz quiz to win a book!
Eve will read and sing from her Jazz Superheroes' books and sing with her jazz quartet
Jazz Superheroes Books Are Available From Amazon
Jazz Superhero: Billie Holiday ' Lady Day'
"Nothing like this exists for young people from ages 8 to 18, so I had to create it myself!" Jazz Vocalist and Music Educator Eve Zanni
* All biographies feature 'suggested listening examples' that introduce students to the Jazz Superheroes' own music and also to the artists that inspired them!
What people are saying about Jazz Superheroes:
Phil Schaap: “Informed and heartfelt!” Curator: JALC
Gary Giddins, major award-winning jazz author of Satchmo: the Genius of Louis Armstrong writes…”Eve Zanni has worked out the details of this project with her heart, brains, and a profound knowledge of jazz and its makers. Her book treats jazz in an accessible manner that is at once witty, smart, original, and great fun. Quite unlike anything I've seen, her inventive approach to music and history clears away the pedagogical cobwebs and will rouse the curiosity and enthusiasm of young readers and their teachers.”
Scott Yanow, jazz journalist/historian and author of 11 books : “Eve Zanni’s Jazz Superheroes would make a great addition to any music or jazz appreciation class. Through its colorful stories, it serves as an excellent introduction to youngsters about the world of jazz.”-
Henry Ferrini, Filmmaker "Why isn't jazz appreciation taught in elementary schools? Because they don't have this book. Now there IS a jazz curriculum for kids that allow them access into America's only original art form. I wish these wonderful materials were available when I was in school."
Marion Nesbit, Ph.D., Professor Lesley University "From jazz superhero stories to 'riff banks', Ms.Zanni's vibrant curriculum is expertly developed, thorough and easy to use. It is sure to capture students' interest and inspire their appreciation for jazz."
Dominique Eade, acclaimed jazz vocalist, composer, faculty New England Conservatory "Ms.Zanni's guide offers teaching that comes from a vast historic knowledge of the music of the African diaspora through academic research and personal experience as a practicing musician…she has developed a curriculum that is multilayered, teaching children about important musical ideas through inspiring personal stories…the theme of individual dedication and conviction runs through the lives of each 'super hero'…"
Professor Mili-Bermejo Greenspan, Berkely College of Music; “…what Ms. Zanni has accomplished goes beyond a regular music guide, it enters the realm of contextual teaching, including history, culture, socio-political aspects, and most important: what moves artists to create, the story of their struggles to make a living and express themselves, the story of Survival, and the Power of music. “