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Frank Morrison

Biography

Frank Morrison

Frank Morrison is the illustrator of several award-winning books published by Lee & Low Books. He has also received the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent in Illustration for JAZZY MIZ MOZETA. His artwork is included in many private collections, including those of Bill Cosby and Maya Angelou. Morrison lives with his family in Hampton, Georgia. To find out more about Frank Morrison, visit his Web site: www.morrisongraphics.com

Frank Morrison

Books by Frank Morrison

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.