Pioneer Women of Jazz Instrumentalists- Lil Harden Armstrong

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Pioneer Women of Jazz Instrumentalists- Lil Harden Armstrong

Blog Name:Women's History Month 2019

Blog Author:San Diego's Jazz 88.3

Posted on:March 1, 2019

March 1, 2019- Today's Pioneer Women Jazz Instrumentalist: Lil Harden Armstrong

Lil Harden Armstrong was one of the first important female jazz musicians. She was a pianist, composer, arranger and vocalist. She was Louis Armstrong’s second wife and she helped shape his career early on.

Lil collaborated with Louis in the 1920's including the classic Hot Five recordings. She wrote "Struttin’ with Some BBQ" among other notable tunes.

After she separated from Louis in 1931 she led her own bands and recorded throughout the 1930's. By the time the 1940's came around she left the music business for a while but continued to appear on occasion.

Be sure to tune in all day on Friday, March 1st to hear music from Lil Harden Armstrong on KSDS-FM/Jazz 88.3.
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