Struttin’ with Some Barbecue: Lil Hardien Armstrong Becomes the First Lady of Jazz
Illustrator: Rachel Himes
From the time she was a little girl in early 1900s Memphis, Lil Hardin was drawn to music. Her mother wanted Lil to be a proper lady and study classical music. But that was no life for Lil: music was no fun without the blues!
Author’s note. Further information on Lil Hardin Armstrong. Note on jazz. Note on segregation. Note on Armstrong’s family and estate. Time line. Glossary. Further resources and selected bibliography. Quotation sources. Index. Black-and-white illustrations created in ink and graphite.
JLG Release: Mar 2019
Awards & Honors
Kirkus Best Books, Middle-Grade - 2018
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
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School Library Journal
9" x 6"
Level 4.8; Points: 1;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 0; Points: 0;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Racism, Mention of a beating
Lil Hardin Armstrong (1898–1971), Louis Armstrong (1901–1971), Jazz musicians, Songwriting, Piano music, Trumpet music, Segregation, Biographies in verse, Memphis, Tennessee, Chicago, Illinois,