Stompin' at the Savoy
How Chick Webb Became the King of Drums
Though a disability stunted his growth and left him with a hunched back, William Henry "Chick" Webb did not let that get in the way of his musical pursuits. Even as a young child, Chick saw the world as one big drum, pounding out rhythms on everything from stair railings to pots and pans. His love of percussion brought him to the big time as an influential big band leader. This picture-book biography details the life of black American jazz drummer Chick Webb, who in the 1930s led one of the big bands of the swing era, earning him the nickname the "King of the Savoy."
|Interest Level||Grade 1 - Grade 4|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
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|Publisher||Sleeping Bear Press|
|Available Formats||Hardcover (9781534110977), PDF (9781534178908), Hosted ebook (9781534179059)|
|Number of Pages||32|
|Dimensions||9 x 11|
Publisher's Weekly - Stompin' at the Savoy: How Chick Webb Became the King of Drums
“Colorfully accentuated onomatopoeia and musical notes punctuate this profile of brilliant self-taught drummer William “Chick” Webb…”
Author: Moira Rose Donohue
Moira Rose Donohue has written over 35 books for children, most of them nonfiction, including National Geographic’s Little Kids First Big Book of the Rain Forest and two Junior Library Guild selections: Great White Sharks (Scholastic/Children’s Press) and The Invasion of Normandy (North Star Editions). She loves tap dancing, opera, hockey, and animals. Moira lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, with her dog, Petunia.