Struttin' with Some Barbecue: Lil Harden Armstrong Becomes the First Lady of Jazz

By Patricia Hruby Powell
Illustrators Illustration by Rachel Himes Edition

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Publisher Charlesbridge Imprint Charlesbridge ISBN


Awards and Honors Kirkus Best Books, Middle-Grade - 2018

Struttin' with Some Barbecue: Lil Harden Armstrong Becomes the First Lady of Jazz

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Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism,Violence: Mild Violence

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.
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