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    • Finding Langston

    • By: Lesa Cline-Ransome
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When 11-year-old Langston's mother dies in 1946, he and his father leave rural Alabama for Chicago's brown belt as a part of what came to be known as the Great Migration. It's lonely in the small apartment with just the two of them, and Langston is bullied at school. But his new home has one fantastic thing. Unlike the whites-only library in Alabama, the local public library welcomes everyone. There, hiding out after school, Langston discovers another Langston, a poet whom he learns inspired his mother enough to name her only son after him.

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    • Just a Lucky So and So

    • By: Lesa Cline-Ransome
    • Narrated by: Arnell Powell
    • Length: 15 mins
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    Louis Armstrong has been called the most important improviser in the history of jazz. Although his New Orleans neighborhood was poor in nearly everything else, it was rich in superb music. Young Louis took it all in, especially the cornet blowing of Joe King Oliver. But after a run in with the police, 11-year-old Louis was sent away to the Colored Waif's Home for Boys, where he became a disciplined musician in the school's revered marching band.

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    • Benny Goodman and Teddy Wilson

    • Taking the Stage As the First Black-and-White Jazz Band in History
    • By: Lesa Cline-Ransome
    • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
    • Length: 10 mins
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    This lush and lyrical audiobook tells the story of how two musical prodigies from very different backgrounds - one a young black boy growing up in Tuskegee, Alabama, the other the son of struggling Russian-Jewish immigrants from the West Side of Chicago - were brought together by their love of music, and helped create the jazz style known as swing.

    Regular price: $34.99