Roxane Orgill

Roxane Orgill
I’d like to know a thou­sand things about this book because you’ve opened so many doors for my imag­i­na­tion. I’ll restrict myself to only a few of those ques­tions, pri­mar­i­ly to help stu­dents who are drawn in by all the sto­ries with­in this pho­to­graph and the poems you’ve writ­ten about it. You have been a journalist and a music critic.… more

Francis Vallejo

Francis Vallejo
We are pleased to share with you our inter­view with Fran­cis Valle­jo, the illus­tra­tor of Jazz Day: the Mak­ing of a Famous Pho­to­graph, our Book­storm™ this month. This book is so rich with visu­al images that stir read­ers’ imag­i­na­tions. You’ll feel like you’re stand­ing on the street with the oth­er onlookers! The title page says that you used acrylics and pastels to create this art.more

Louis Armstrong’s Red Beans and Rice

A Cajun-inspired favorite recipe from jazz musi­cian Louis Arm­strong, this is a per­fect accom­pa­ni­ment to your read­ing of Jazz Day by Rox­ane Orgill.
Louis and Lucille Armstrong’s Red Beans and Rice
Total Time6 hours
Serv­ings: 8
1 pound kid­ney beans12 pound salt pork strip of lean, strip of fat1 small can of toma­to sauce if desired6 small ham hocks or 1 smokedpork butt2 onions diced14 green bell pepper5 tiny or 2 medi­um dried peppers1 clove gar­lic choppedSalt to taste
Wash beans thor­ough­ly, then soak overnight in cold water.