Born to Swing: Lil Hardin Armstrong’s Life in Jazz

Ever since she was a young girl, Lil Hardin played music with a beat. She jammed at home, at church, and even at her first job in a music store. At a time when women's only place in jazz was at the microphone, Lil earned a spot playing piano in Chicago's hottest band. She went on to achieve fame as a bandleader and composer, and "swung" with many of the greatest early jazz musicians, including her husband, Louis Armstrong.

 

By Mara Rockliff

Born to Swing: Lil Hardin Armstrong’s Life in Jazz

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