Annotations for Little Piano Girl


Baker & Taylor
A child prodigy at the piano sprinkles her music with a little jazz, in a story based on the life of the twentieth-century jazz musician, Mary Lou Williams.

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Baker & Taylor
A child prodigy at the piano sprinkles her music with a little jazz. Includes an afterword about the life of the twentieth-century jazz musician, Mary Lou Williams.

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Baker & Taylor
The inspiring life story of the eminent jazz performer and songwriter elucidates how she overcame racism and financial disadvantage while growing up in an urban section of Pittsburgh, where from the age of four she played the piano for anyone who would listen.

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Houghton

What if you loved music more than anything? Suppose you had just learned to play the piano. Imagine that your family has to move to a new city and you have to leave your piano behind. People don't like you in the new city because of what you look like. How will you make yourself feel better? Mary Lou Williams, like Mozart, began playing the piano when she was four; at eight she became a professional musician. She wrote and arranged music for Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, and was one of the most powerful women in jazz. This is the story of Mary Lou's childhood in Pittsburgh, where she played the piano for anyone who would listen.



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