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Katheryn Russell-Brown

Biography

Katheryn Russell-Brown

Katheryn Russell-Brown is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Center for Race and Race Relations at the University of Florida. She grew up in a family of music lovers, where jazz was an integral part of the sounds of daily life. A radio broadcast in 2008 about Liston inspired Russell-Brown to research the musician and eventually to write LITTLE MELBA AND HER BIG TROMBONE, her first picture book. Russell-Brown lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband and their two children. Visit her online at krbrown.net

Katheryn Russell-Brown

Books by Katheryn Russell-Brown

by Katheryn Russell-Brown and Frank Morrison - Biography, Children's, Children's Nonfiction, History, Music, Nonfiction, Performing Arts, Picture

Melba Doretta Liston loved the sounds of music from as far back as she could remember. As a child, she daydreamed about beats and lyrics, and hummed along with the music from her family s Majestic radio. At age seven, Melba fell in love with a big, shiny trombone, and soon taught herself to play the instrument. By the time she was a teenager, Melba s extraordinary gift for music led her to the world of jazz. She joined a band led by trumpet player Gerald Wilson and toured the country. Overcoming obstacles of race and gender, Melba went on to become a famed trombone player and arranger, spinning rhythms, harmonies, and melodies into gorgeous songs for all the jazz greats of the twentieth century: Randy Weston, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, and Quincy Jones, to name just a few. Brimming with ebullience and the joy of making music, LITTLE MELBA AND HER BIG TROMBONE is a fitting tribute to a trailblazing musician and a great unsung hero of jazz.