Birth of the Cool: How Jazz Great Miles Davis Found His Sound

Birth of the Cool: How Jazz Great Miles Davis Found His Sound


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Miles can’t sleep.

Taps his toes,

snaps his fingers,

can’t stop thinking of ways

to make music his own.

As a young musician, Miles Davis heard music everywhere. This biography explores the childhood and early career of a jazz legend as he finds his voice and shapes a new musical sound. Follow his progression from East St. Louis to rural Arkansas, from Julliard and NYC jazz clubs to the prestigious Newport Jazz Festival. Rhythmic free verse imbues his story with musicality and gets readers in the groove. Music teachers and jazz fans will appreciate the beats and details throughout, and Miles’ drive to constantly listen, learn, and create will inspire kids to develop their own voice.

With evocative illustrations, this glimpse into Miles Davis’ life is sure to captivate music lovers young and old.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781624146909
Publisher: Page Street Publishing
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 431,909
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 8 - 11 Years

About the Author

Kathleen Cornell Berman is an assembler and sculptor of words and found objects. A former elementary school teacher, she now spends her time writing, creating art, and frequenting jazz concerts. This is her debut picture book. She lives in Queens, New York, with her husband.

Keith Henry Brown, debut picture book illustrator, got his start drawing super heroes, but jazz musicians like Miles Davis have always been heroes to him. A graduate of the High School of Art and Design as well as Parsons School of Design, he combined his love of art and jazz as the creative director at Jazz at Lincoln Center. He has designed and illustrated promotional graphics and several jazz album covers. Born and raised in Staten Island, he now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Birth of the Cool: How Jazz Great Miles Davis Found His Sound 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TeresaR More than 1 year ago
I admit to not knowing a whole lot about Miles Davis but this book gave me a wonderful intro into the music legend’s life. Kathy Cornell Berman’s mesmerizing free form poetry echo the cool, mellow notes of Davis’s music, and Keith Henry Brown’s illustrations are the perfect, harmonic accompaniment. I think playing some of Davis’s music in the background while reading this book would be ideal setting for story-time at home, school, library or bookstores!