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Gary Golio

Biography

Gary Golio

Gary Golio is the author of several best-selling and award-winning musical picture-book biographies, including JIMI: SOUNDS LIKE A RAINBOW, WHEN BOB MET WOODY, AND SPIRIT SEEKER: JOHN COLTRANE’S MUSICAL JOUNREY. Gary Golio lives in Hudson Valley, New York.

Gary Golio

Books by Gary Golio

by Gary Golio and Charlotte Riley-Webb - African American Interest, Children's Nonfiction, Music
The audience was completely silent the first time Billie Holiday performed a song called "Strange Fruit." In the 1930s, Billie was known as a performer of jazz and blues music, but this song wasn't either of those things. It was a song about injustice, and it would change her life forever. Discover how two outsiders --- Billie Holiday, a young black woman raised in poverty, and Abel Meeropol, the son of Jewish immigrants --- combined their talents to create a song that challenged racism and paved the way for the Civil Rights movement.
Written by Gary Golio with illustrations by Ed Young - Fiction, Music

When sax player Charlie "Bird" Parker and trumpeter John "Dizzy" Gillespie make music together, they toss notes back and forth like a game of tag and chase each other with sounds. As Dizzy’s cheeks puff out like a frog with glasses, the two friends beep and bop and push each other to create a new kind of music --- a thrilling fast jazz full of surprises.