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Struttin’ with Some Barbecue: Lil Hardin Armstrong Becomes the First Lady of Jazz

Struttin’ with Some Barbecue: Lil Hardin Armstrong Becomes the First Lady of Jazz

by Patricia Hruby Powell

This is the true story of Lil Hardin Armstrong: pianist, composer, and bandleader in the early days of jazz. Ahead of her time, Lil made a career for herself–and for Louis Armstrong, her modest, unassuming husband. Louis might never have become the groundbreaking jazz player he was, if it hadn’t been for Lil. Scat-inspired verse celebrates how Lil overcame race and gender barriers to become the first lady of the Chicago jazz scene.


Ages: 9-Up
Illustrated by: Rachel Himes
ISBN: 9781580897402
Price: $18.99
Published by: Charlesbridge

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