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The Story of the Saxophone by Lesa Cline-Ransome
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The Story of the Saxophone

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Narrator Cary Hite
Length 10 minutes
Language English
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You may think that the story of the saxophone begins with Dexter Gordon or Charlie Parker or on a street corner in New Orleans. It really began in 1840 in Belgium with a young daydreamer named Joseph-Antoine Adolphe Sax—a boy with bad luck but great ideas. Coretta Scott King Honoree Lesa Cline-Ransome unravels the fascinating history of how Adolphe's once reviled instrument was transported across Europe and Mexico to New Orleans. Follow the saxophone's journey from Adolphe's imagination to the pawn-shop window where it caught the eye of musician Sidney Bechet and became the iconic symbol of jazz music it is today.

Lesa Cline-Ransome is an award-winning writer and editor who has written more than ten picture books for children, including two ALA Notable books. A graduate of the Pratt Institute, she holds a Master's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from NYU. Based in Rhinebeck, New York, she is married to artist and illustrator James E. Ransome, with whom she frequently collaborates.

Cary Hite is an experienced actor and audiobook narrator who has had the pleasure of working with a number of publishing houses. An Earphones award-winner, he currently resides in New York City.

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