Russell-Brown, Katheryn, 1961-

Little Melba and her big trombone / by Katheryn Russell-Brown ; illustrations by Frank Morrison. - First edition. - 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 28 cm

Includes bibliographical references and discography.

"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.

Elementary Grade.

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, 2015.

9781600608988 1600608981

Lee & Low Books, 95 Madison Ave, New York, NY, USA, 10016, (212)7794400-26 SAN 219-5836


Liston, Melba--Juvenile literature.
Liston, Melba.
Liston, Melba.
Liston, Melba.

Jazz musicians--United States--Biography--Juvenile literature.
African American jazz musicians--Biography--Juvenile literature.
Jazz musicians.
African American jazz musicians.
JUVENILE NONFICTION--Biography & Autobiography--Music.
African American jazz musicians.
Jazz musicians.
African Americans--Biography.
Jazz musicians--Biography.

United States.

Picture books for children.
Coretta Scott King Award (illustrator)--Honor book--2015.
Biographies--Juvenile literature.
Picture books for children.
Picture books.
Juvenile works.
African American.
Picture books for children.

ML3930.L566 / R87 2014

788.9/3165092 B