Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

Gender & Sexism
People, Identity & Culture
Race & Racism
Katheryn Russell-Brown
Frank Morrison
Age Group:
Lee & Low Books
Gender & Sexism
People, Identity & Culture
Race & Racism

Melba Doretta Liston loved the sounds of music from as far back as she could remember. Beats and rhythms danced in her head—from the plink of a guitar to the thrum-thrum of a drum. At age seven, she fell in love with a big, shiny trombone and quickly taught herself to play. By the time Melba was a teenager, her extraordinary gift for music led her to the world of jazz. She joined a band and toured the country. Overcoming obstacles of race and gender, Melba became a famed trombone player, composer and arranger, creating music with many of the jazz giants of the twentieth century.

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