Thursday, October 27, 2016

Under the Moon - Jazz Standards and Lullabies

Unwrapping some praise...

"This is a perfect nighttime book with CD to help your your child drift off into a peaceful slumber."
~ Family Choice Awards

"Jazz-loving parents will especially enjoy sharing this with children during storytime or bedtime. Highly recommended!"
~ Midwest Book Review


Under the Moon: Jazz Standards and Lullabies
Ages: 0-3

Available in November at stores across North America...

This amazing storybook with music CD is the second title from its new collection of jazz-infused music for the whole family.  It features thirteen timeless songs evoking the seasons recorded by singing legends Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone and Fats Waller, just to name a few.   The music was selected by Misja Fitzgerald Michel, a Paris-based jazz musician, and noted children's illustrator llya Green created the beautiful, colourful images in the 36-page hardcover book. Both the book and stunning illustrations are destined to become classics.  Lyrics and brief explanatory notes with whimsical, dream-like illustrations accompany each featured song. This feature is very educational. It's wonderful to know the backstory that inspired these artists and songs from yesteryear . 

Song Selection...

Willow Weep For Me - Billie Holiday
Gone With the Wind - Julie London
It Might As Well Be Spring - Nina Simone
Come Rain or Come Shine - Sarah Vaughan
Stormy Weather - The Gold Gate Quartet
Blue Moon - Mel Tormé
The Snow Is Falling - Ray Charles
Winter Wonderland - Louis Armstrong
Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! - Vaughn Monroe
December - Kay Starr
Winter Wonderland - Fats Waller
What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? - Ella Fitzgerald
Moon River - Audrey Hepburn

Duration:  40 minutes


Contemporary jazz guitarist, Misja Fitzgerald Michel's reputable career spans more than 2 decades. Born in 1973, his education begins at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris under the tutelage of Francois Jeanneau. Misja went on to hone his craft on the New York jazz circuit with fellow esteemed musicians such as Ravi Coltrane, Jim Hall, Billy Harper and Kenny Werner. A seasoned musician with diverse tastes in jazz, rock and baroque, Misja's debuted his first album in 1998 with Scott Colley and Tony Rabeson as featured performers. In 2012, he released a impassioned project titled Time of No Reply inspired by British folk musician, Nick Drake. Paris-based Misja has also made appearances at the Montreal International Jazz festival as well as festivals in Paris and Vienna.


llya Green developed her keen interest for drawing while growing up in Ménerbes, Luberson in Southern France. After completing her fine arts education, she went on to release her first children's book in 2004 with Didier Jeunesse titled Histoire de l'oeuf. She has also worked with publisher L'Atelier du Poisson Soluble. Currently, Ilya is actively involved with Marseille-based Atelier Venture, a workshop that focuses on pulling together illustrators, artists and graphic designers. Ilya now resides in Montpellier, France.

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