She became known as "Hot Miss Lil." Her mother decided to accept her new career, though she reportedly picked up her daughter promptly after performances to protect her from the "evils" of the music world.
After achieving some recognition playing with Lawrence Duhé and the New Orleans Creole Jazz Band, Lil Hardin stayed around as it gained popularity when King Oliver took it over and renamed it the King Oliver Creole Jazz Band.
By this time, she had married singer Jimmy Johnson.
She was attracted to the blues, which she knew from Beale Street near where she lived, but her mother opposed such music.
Her mother used her savings to send her daughter to Nashville to study at Fisk University for a year for music training and a "good" environment.
After successfully beating the disease, the singer decided to move to Nashville in order to be closer to her family and ultimately came to the realization that she wanted to start a family of her Crow adopted sons Wyatt, now 7, in 2007 and Levi, now 4, in 2010.
Although the two have different parents, Crow says her boys "could not be more brothers if I'd had them both myself.""They understand that they came out of different tummies," she explains.
Known for: first major woman jazz instrumentalist; part of King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band; marriage to Louis Armstrong and promoter of his career; part of Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives and Hot Sevens recordings.
Occupation: jazz musician, pianist, composer, singer, band leader, manager and promoter; later, clothes designer, restaurant owner, piano teacher, French teacher Dates: February 3, 1898 - August 27, 1971Also known as: Lil Hardin, Lil Armstrong, Lillian Beatrice Hardin, Lil Hardin Armstrong, Lillian Hardin, Lillian Armstrong, Lillian Hardin Armstrong Born in Memphis in 1898, Lillian Hardin was called Lil.
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There, she met and learned from Jelly Roll Morton, who played ragtime music on the piano.
Hardin began finding jobs playing with bands while continuing to work in the store, which accorded her the luxury of access to sheet music.
Armstrong and his girlfriend, Anna Hansen, 28, are expecting their first child next month.