Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

By The Horn Book Guide

Seven-year-old Melba Liston chose to play the trombone, an unconventional choice for a girl. By seventeen, she was touring with the greats, including Dizzy Gillespie and Quincy Jones, but — as a female African American musician traveling through the south—faced many challenges. This account is as smooth and stimulating as a trombone solo. Elongated angular oil paintings perfectly convey the jazz scene.