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Lil Hardin Armstrong

Lil Hardin helped introduce America to jazz music. She was a dedicated jazz pianist, who established a reputation as "Hot Miss Lil," one of the few female band ensemble members of the 1920’s. She played on many of the first jazz recordings ever made and she wrote many of the early songs of the jazz era. Though she might be identified in the jazz world as the wife of Louis Armstrong, she was much more than that. Lil Armstrong was born Lillian Beatrice Hardin on February 3, 1898. Her grandmother, Priscilla Thompson, was born into slavery in 1850 in Lafayette County near Oxford, Mississippi. Her parents separated when Armstrong was very young

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Women in Jazz, Pt. 3: The International Women in Jazz Organization

Read "Women in Jazz, Pt. 3: The International Women in Jazz Organization" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In part 1 and part 2 of the Women in Jazz series, we looked at the historical marginalization of women in jazz from Lil Hardin Armstrong and Blanch Calloway in the 1920s to Tia Fuller in 2019. Part 2 focused on several prominent pioneering artists including the all-female International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Marian McPartland, and Melba ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lil Hardin Armstrong

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lil Hardin Armstrong

All About Jazz is celebrating Lil Hardin Armstrong's birthday today! Lil Hardin helped introduce America to jazz music. She was a dedicated jazz pianist, who established a reputation as “Hot Miss Lil," one of the few female band ensemble members of the 1920’s. She played on many of the first jazz recordings ever made and she ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Juno Nominations and Remembering Debra Mann

Read "Juno Nominations and Remembering Debra Mann" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The first Week of the annual WFDU.FM February Fund Drive included new releases from pianists Lisa Hilton, Kait Dunton, Ellen Rowe and saxophonist Jordan Pettay with birthday shout outs to Lil Hardin Armstrong, Jeanne Lee, Jutta Hipp, and Melody Gardot, among others. In the second hour, Debra Mann is remembered after news of her passing and ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lil Hardin Armstrong

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lil Hardin Armstrong

All About Jazz is celebrating Lil Hardin Armstrong's birthday today! Lil Hardin helped introduce America to jazz music. She was a dedicated jazz pianist, who established a reputation as “Hot Miss Lil," one of the few female band ensemble members of the 1920’s. She played on many of the first jazz recordings ever made and she ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lil Hardin Armstrong

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lil Hardin Armstrong

All About Jazz is celebrating Lil Hardin Armstrong's birthday today! Lil Hardin helped introduce America to jazz music. She was a dedicated jazz pianist, who established a reputation as “Hot Miss Lil," one of the few female band ensemble members of the 1920’s. She played on many of the first jazz recordings ever made and she ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lil Hardin Armstrong

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lil Hardin Armstrong

All About Jazz is celebrating Lil Hardin Armstrong's birthday today! Lil Hardin helped introduce America to jazz music. She was a dedicated jazz pianist, who established a reputation as “Hot Miss Lil," one of the few female band ensemble members of the 1920’s. She played on many of the first jazz recordings ever made and she ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lil Hardin Armstrong

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lil Hardin Armstrong

All About Jazz is celebrating Lil Hardin Armstrong's birthday today! Lil Hardin helped introduce America to jazz music. She was a dedicated jazz pianist, who established a reputation as “Hot Miss Lil," one of the few female band ensemble members of the 1920’s. She played on many of the first jazz recordings ever made and she ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lil Hardin Armstrong

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lil Hardin Armstrong

All About Jazz is celebrating Lil Hardin Armstrong's birthday today! Lil Hardin helped introduce America to jazz music. She was a dedicated jazz pianist, who established a reputation as “Hot Miss Lil," one of the few female band ensemble members of the 1920’s. She played on many of the first jazz recordings ever made and she ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lil Hardin Armstrong

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lil Hardin Armstrong

All About Jazz is celebrating Lil Hardin Armstrong's birthday today! Lil Hardin helped introduce America to jazz music. She was a dedicated jazz pianist, who established a reputation as “Hot Miss Lil," one of the few female band ensemble members of the 1920’s. She played on many of the first jazz recordings ever made and she ...


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