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Sonny's Bridge

Written by Barry Wittenstein & illustrated by Keith Mallett
Published by Charlesbridge
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This groovy, bebopping picture book biography chronicles the legendary jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins’s search for inspiration on the Williamsburg Bridge after quitting the jazz scene in 1959. Rollins is one of the most prolific sax players in the history of jazz, but, in 1959, at the height of his career, he vanished from the jazz scene. His return to music was an interesting journey–with a long detour on the Williamsburg Bridge. Too loud to practice in his apartment, Rollins played on the New York City landmark for two years among the cacophony of traffic and the stares of bystanders, leading to the release of his album, The Bridge. Written in rhythmic prose with a bebop edge, this picture-book biography of Sonny Rollins’s journey to get his groove back will delight young and old fans alike.

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Who Wrote Sonny's Bridge

Barry Wittenstein

Barry Wittenstein has worked at CBS Records, CBS News, and was a web editor and writer for Major League Baseball. He is now an elementary-school substitute teacher and children’s author. This is his first book for children. Barry lives in New York, New York.

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Who Illustrated Sonny's Bridge

Keith Mallett

Keith Mallett studied art at Hunter College in New York City. He was the in-house artist for Frontline Art Publishers for fifteen years. Keith’s work was commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s historic breakthrough into major league baseball, has graced the cover of <i>Chicken Soup for the African American Soul</i>, and has been featured in many movies and TV shows. He is the illustrator of <i>Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee</i> and <i>How Jelly Roll Morton Invented Jazz</i>.

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