Side by Side by Diane Silcox Jarrett, Illustrated by Carol Moates
"Silcox Jarrett's onomatopoetic language pops and slides, conveying the rhythms, sounds, and moods of her biographical subjects, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane. She charts their individual musical journeys from North Carolina to northern cities, where they discovered jazz and then discovered each other. The impressionistic watercolors of Carol Moates capture the smokey night shades of blues, as well as the gritty city scape. Young musicians will appreciate the star's struggles and dedication, and teachers can use it in African-American History as well as music units."
—Pegi Deitz Shea, children's author
"This is a wonderful book introducing children to jazz music and two jazz legends. Well written and researched to hold children's attention. This is a must have for school libraries and families. Beautifully illustrated."
—Ashely Berwanger, elementary school teacher
Have you ever felt a beat from your heart to your toes? It catches you by surprise you want to jump out of your seat. Two musicians, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, felt that rhythm and beat from their hearts to their toes. That beat filled them up so much it spilled out into their music.
Side by Side is the story of two jazz legends from North Carolina. It tells of how they both moved to northern cities where they concentrated on their music It tells of how they met and how their friendship grew. The story ends with them playing together at Carnegie Hall.
Young readers are introduced to jazz, Monk, and Coltrane while also learning about friendship, and the all important lesson of never giving up on your dreams.
Side by Side is Diane's fourth creative nonfiction title for children. Fascinated by history since her childhood, she enjoys writing creative historical stories for young readers. Inspired by her audience Diane is a writer in residence as well as a freelance and magazine writer. She lives outside of Raleigh with her family. Her two cats help her with her typing.