Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

Author(s) Katheryn Russell-Brown
Illustrator(s) Frank Morrison
Age Group 6-10
Publisher Lee & Low Books
ISBN 978-1600608988
Year 2014
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

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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