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Little Melba and her big trombone

Author: Katheryn Russell-Brown; Frank Morrison
Publisher: New York : Lee & Low Books, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : Juvenile audience : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"A biography of African American musician Melba Doretta Liston, a virtuoso musician who played the trombone and composed and arranged music for many of the great jazz musicians of the twentieth century. Includes afterword, discography, and sources"--
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Genre/Form: Picture books for children
Children's nonfiction
Picture books
Biography
Juvenile works
Juvenile literature
Biography Juvenile literature
Named Person: Melba Liston; Melba Liston; Melba Liston; Melba Liston
Material Type: Biography, Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Katheryn Russell-Brown; Frank Morrison
ISBN: 9781600608988 1600608981
OCLC Number: 858778225
Awards: Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, 2015.
Target Audience: Elementary Grade.
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 28 cm
Responsibility: by Katheryn Russell-Brown ; illustrations by Frank Morrison.

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"A biography of African American musician Melba Doretta Liston, a virtuoso musician who played the trombone and composed and arranged music for many of the great jazz musicians of the twentieth century. Includes afterword, discography, and sources"--

"Melba Doretta Liston loved the sounds of music from as far back as she could remember. As a child, she daydreamed about beats and lyrics, and hummed along with the music from her family's Majestic radio. At age seven, Melba fell in love with a big, shiny trombone, and soon taught herself to play the instrument. By the time she was a teenager, Melba's extraordinary gift for music led her to the world of jazz. She joined a band led by trumpet player Gerald Wilson and toured the country. Overcoming obstacles of race and gender, Melba went on to become a famed trombone player and arranger, spinning rhythms, harmonies, and melodies into gorgeous songs for all the jazz greats of the twentieth century: Randy Weston, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, and Quincy Jones, to name just a few. Brimming with ebullience and the joy of making music, Little Melba and Her Big Trombone is a fitting tribute to a trailblazing musician and a great unsung hero of jazz. -- Publisher's description.

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