Books by Martin French

SOPHISTICATED LADIES by Leslie Gourse
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"But it's a revealing look at some of the great ladies of jazz. (bibliography, discography) (Collective biography. 10-14)"
The late jazz historian covers 14 female jazz singers, from Bessie Smith and Ethel Waters to Cassandra Wilson and Diana Krall, in three-page chapters in this insightful collective biography. Read full book review >
STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY by Alan Govenar
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2006

"Lacking documentation beyond Govenar's brief introduction, this begs to be paired with recorded music and film footage of the period. (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
In this compact, vivid hybrid, Govenar transforms his taped and transcribed interviews with dancer Norma Miller into her account of life as a globe-traveling Lindy Hopper in the 1930s and '40s. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"It's a risky enterprise, a picture book specifically aimed at teens, but the striking graphics and teen-friendly subject may well make it a viable one. (Picture book/poetry. 12+)"
An illustrated collection of poems seeks to celebrate teen engagement with music in its many forms. Read full book review >