|Mambo mucho mambo! : the dance that crossed color lines|
Author: Robbins, Dean
Millie danced to jazz in her Italian neighborhood. Pedro danced to Latin songs in his Puerto Rican neighborhood. It was the 1940s in New York City, and they were forbidden to dance together . . . until first a band and then a ballroom broke the rules. Machito and His Afro-Cubans hit the scene with a brand-new sound, blending jazz trumpets and saxophones with Latin maracas and congas creating Latin jazz. Then the Palladium Ballroom opened its doors to all cultural groups.
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Booklist - 08/01/2021 *Starred Review* Young readers will be pulled into 1940s New York, a time of segregation where it was frowned upon for people from different neighborhoods and cultures to mingle. But something exciting was happening in the city: a new music style blending Latin and jazz was being born, with lively, vibrant tunes that sent a thrill through listeners, encouraging them to dance. When Palladium, a local dance hall, opened as a desegregated space, people from different neighborhoods and backgrounds came together to dance. Latin jazz had people dancing and jumping, creating new moves and a new style of dance known as mambo, which drew in people from a variety of communities. The English text is both conversational and informative, using such lively verbs, such as jiggled, rumbled, and swiveled, which will allow readers to feel the electricity of this music and dance move as they read. Realistic illustrations with historical details bring to life the many moves and twirls dance couples enjoyed in close-up views. Additional back matter rounds out this eye-catching account of the cultural impact of Latin jazz and mambo. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.