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

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

written by Patricia Hruby Powell with illustrations by Rachel Himes

Lil Hardin and her man, Louis Armstrong, were musical royalty --- inventing a new kind of sound --- makin' jazz. Believe it, baby!

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.

Struttin' with Some Barbecue: Lil Hardin Armstrong Becomes the First Lady of Jazz
written by Patricia Hruby Powell with illustrations by Rachel Himes