About the Book
Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka shares his love of jazz great Sun Ra, just in time to mark the centennial of the musician’s birth.
Jazz musician Sun Ra (1914–1993) always said that he came from Saturn. Being from another planet, he was naturally intrigued by everything earthly — especially music, because music is the one thing on Earth most like the stars. Earthlings themselves confused Sun Ra, the way they sorted themselves by color and fought wars against one another. So he made music. And he traveled with other musicians and singers, calling themselves the Sun Ra Arkestra, playing, singing, and dancing for people all over the planet. Because music, he said, is what holds us all together. Join acclaimed author-illustrator Chris Raschka in celebrating a legend of the jazz world who was truly one of a kind.
My Take on the Book
After reading this biography of Sun Ra, I am curious as to the music he wrote and performed . I would love to be able to listen to some of it. The author said his music was often not understood by many people. He was definitely an innovator in the field of music. Some famous musicians like Dizzy Gillespie appreciated his music and encouraged him to continue.
The author Chris Raschka is a well known children's author and illustrator. He has won awards for his writing and illustrations.
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