Swing Cafe [With CD (Audio)]
Publication Date: September 2010
List Price: $16.95*
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Classic recordings from the swing era by Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, and other jazz legends are the centerpiece of this storybook-music CD set. The illustrated story recounts the adventures of a little Brazilian cricket named Zaz who dreams of singing in New York. Zaz hops a ride on a woman’s fruit hat from her homeland to Manhattan, where she meets a savvy fly named Buster who knows all the spots to hear cool music. He takes her to the Swing Café on East 54th Street where they dance the Charleston, the Shimmy, and the Skeedle Loo Doo. Everyone there speaks a common language, called Swing, and Zaz is inspired to take to the stage, sing from the heart, and deliver the performance of a lifetime. The Broadway star Carmen Miranda, who was affectionately nicknamed in Brazil "La Pequena Notavel" (The Remarkable Little Girl), is the primary source of inspiration for this poetic and heartwarming story. Throughout the CD's narration, snippets of classic 1930s jazz songs add a lively rhythm to the story, and an additional seven songs are performed in their entirety by the original artists.
Ne le 5 juillet 1967, Tai-Marc Le Thanh a etudie les arts graphiques, en premier lieu a l'Atelier de Sevres a Paris, puis aux Beaux arts de Rueil-Malmaison et enfin a l'EMSAT. Il integre alors un groupe de presse informatique ou il devient graphiste. C'est ensuite aux editions Eyrolles qu'il ecrit un premier ouvrage sur... le logiciel Photoshop ! On est encore loin de l'ecriture de fiction, mais tres vite, il entame sa carriere d'auteur d'albums, aux cotes d'illustrateurs de renom tels que Rebecca Dautremer (Babayaga, Cyrano, Le Grand Courant d'air, Elvis...), mais aussi Aurelia Fronty, Elodie Nouhen, Jacques de Loustal, Merlin, Benjamin Chaud, Barroux, Gerald Guerlais... Depuis debut 2010, il se consacre entierement a l'ecriture de la serie Jonah, ainsi qu'au scenario d'un film d'animation, toujours avec Rebecca Dautremer
"Dautremer's visual imagination taps the subconscious brilliantly . . . Norac's writing is equally arresting." Publishers Weekly
"The package is unusual and fresh." Kirkus Reviews
"Combining books and music has been a growing trend, with a number of notable new additions . . . Secret Mountain also is continuing its wonderfully innovative storybook-music CD series with two new titles. Swing Café (written by Carl Norac and illustrated by Rebecca Dautremer) follows the adventures of a cricket named Zaz to the soundtrack of vintage jazz tunes (Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, etc)." L. A. Parent