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Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of the Greatest All-girl Swing Band in the World

By Marilyn Nelson

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In the 1940s, as the world was at war, a remarkable jazz band performed on the American home front. This all-female band, originating from a boarding school in the heart of Mississippi, found its way to the most famous ballrooms in the country, offering solace during the hard years of the war. They dared to be an interracial group despite the cruelties of Jim Crow laws, and they dared to assert their talents though they were women in a "man's" profession. Told in thought-provoking poems and arresting images, this unusual look at our nation's history is deep and inspiring.

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New Orleans

By Dan Storper

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"A celebration of jazz, blues and swing, New Orleans style!"
Drop me off in New Orleans (Kermit Ruffins) -- Got a right to sing the blues (Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton) -- Basin Street Blues (Louis Prima) -- Wrap your troubles in dreams (Preservation Hall Hot 4 with Duke Dejan) -- Baby won't you please come home (Topsy Chapman and the Pros) -- The devil done got me blues (Kevin Clark and the Jazz Revelation) -- Tin roof blues (Louis Armstrong) -- Basin street blues (Dr. John) -- Give it up (Dr Michael White) -- Going back to New Orleans (Deacon John) -- Bye and Bye/Saints (Gregg Stafford and Dr. Michael White).
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