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Riding on Dukes Train Duke used to say that the individual sound of a musician revealed his soul Mick Carlon is a 'soul' storyteller—Nat Hentoff author of Jazz CountryA ripping good yarn Plunges the reader into the world of Duke Ellington and the America of 1939—Brian Morton author of The Penguin Guide to JazzWonderfully convincing and authentic characterizations A thoroughly enjoyable read—Dan Morgenstern author of Living with Jazz We encounter not only Duke's genius but his character and humanity This is one train you won't want to get off—Dick Golden radio hostWhen this marvelously evocative novel finds a home in the school curriculum kids across America will be downloading Duke—Jack BradleyExcellent command of voice period and ethnic dialect clear love and in depth knowledge of Ellington and his band—Alexandria LaFaye author of The KeeningNine year old Danny stows away on Duke Ellington's train one Georgia night Through Danny's eyes we meet some of America's finest musicians as he accompanies them on their 1939 European tour when the train was briefly held in Germany Says Nat Hentoff I knew Duke Ellington for twenty five years The Ellington in this book is the man I knewMick Carlon is a twenty seven year veteran Englishjournalism high and middle school teacher A lifelong jazz fan he regularly plays jazz in his classroom and has turned hundreds of students into jazz fans He says If young people are simply exposed to the music and stories of these American artists they will make a friend for life Man Talk about a time machine This book takes the reader by the brain and doesn't let go If you love Duke and his musicians or if you want to learn about Duke this is the place to start I love love love this book just as much as Travels With Louis But it's different because Duke was different from Pops Duke's mystery his music his genius it's all here I've always dreamed of playing with Duke's band in the 30s and 40s and Riding on Duke's Train is the closest I'll come It's a fun and educational ride Hop on the train man I'm 34th into Mick's book which is excellent on all counts I love the Characters and the intrigue Mick creates I can't wait to get back to this book and finish it I call him Mick because I met him at the Rain Taxi Book Festival in Minneapolis He is truly a gentleman and a scholar an excellent writer and now a friend Duke Ellington is so well developed and the boy Danny is a marvelous adventurous spirit I cannot think of one reason why kids and young adults would not enjoy this book and at the same time become acuainted with the wonderful world of jazz As soon as I finish this one I'm starting TRAVELS WITH LOUIS Thanks for writing these books Mick They are much needed in our cultureFinished Riding on Dukes Train a few nights ago and it's a wonderful read The story is so clearly told and has adventures in it that I think everyone can enjoy Next I will read Travels with Louis Mick Carlon's other book for kids about jazz For two days this book took over my spare time I feel like I've traveled with young Danny Duke Ellington Rex Ivie Rabbit and all the gang across the America and Europe of 1939 Like Mick Carlon's Travels With Louis this book is centered around a jazz figure But this is a different book of an adventure story Young Dan an orphan climbs onto a train one night and the train belongs to Duke The musicians basically adopt the boy and he gets to see the world as a result All I can say is that this novel would make an outstandingly exciting movie I'm uoting my grandson This book has made me seek out Duke Ellington's music I'm now a fan These two jazz novels are simply outstanding a rare treat Any books that can inspire young people to listen to Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington are a good thing Riding on Duke's Train is a REALLY GREAT BOOK It's written as a middle grade novel but definitely holds the attention of adults Enter the world of Danny as he hitches a ride on Duke's train and you won't be disappointed It inspired me to look up Duke and his musicians Johnny Hodges Harry Carney Rex Stewart Tricky Sam Nanton Barney Bigard Ivie Anderson on YouTube and now I've bought several cds of Duke's incredible music The novel takes the reader on a journey from 1939 Harlem to London Paris and Hamburg Germany where the African American musicians are hounded by the Gestapo A very interesting and inspiring read perfect for children and music loving adults

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