Little Melba and Her Big Trombone - Katheryn Russell-Brown, Frank Morrison

Melba Doretta Liston was a trailblazing jazz musician, one of the first women to become a renowned trombone player and composer, but this picture book biography starts before all that, when it was just Little Melba and Her Big Trombone (Lee & Low Books, $18.95). Melba was born in 1926 in Kansas City, “where you could reach out and feel the music.” Author Katheryn Russell-Brown traces Melba’s story from teaching herself to play the ungainly instrument and playing on the local radio station at eight, to the struggles she faced touring in the South with Billie Holiday. Illustrator Frank Morrison’s rich oil paintings bring Melba’s story to life, and for the readers eager to hear Melba’s sound for themselves, or do some further reading, there are a Discography and Bibliography included in the end notes.  Ages 4-8. ENR

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$18.95
ISBN: 9781600608988
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Published: Lee & Low Books - September 2014

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