The Louis Armstrong Discography Louis Armstrong was one of the most important musicians of the 20th century - an artist who blasted the music of the world out of a tired tradition of classic orchestra and mundane Tin Pan Alley pop into the exciting era of hot jazz. Not single-handedly, admittedly; but setting a new standard that surpassed everything that came before and providing a vital reference point for the music that came after. Armstrong's dominant gift was a sense of "Swing", a stylistic quality that defies accurate description but is obvious to the ear. This attractive quality of his playing transformed jazz from a genre dominated by ensembles to one that featured lengthy solos. Tying it all together was an infectious charisma that propelled him to popular stardom in a new era of sound film and electronic communication. Born in 1901, his life paralleled many of the twists and turns of the middle century.
history of rock Louis Armstrong: A Cultural Legacy | National Portrait Gallery "Louis Armstrong's station in the history of jazz is umimpeachable. If it weren't for him, there wouldn't be any of us." Dizzy Gillespie, 1971 Early Days in New Orleans Armstrong was born in one of the poorest sections of New Orleans on Aug. 4, 1901. Louis Armstrong with His Mother, Mayann Armstrong, and Sister, Beatrice Armstrong Villard Paddio Courtesy of the Louis Armstrong Archive Queens College, CUNY Chicago and New York The early 1920s saw Armstrong's popularity explode as he left New Orleans for Chicago to play with "King" Oliver's Creole Jazz Band, and then moved on to New York, where he influenced the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra with improvisation and a new musical vocabulary. When he returned to Chicago in 1926, he was a headliner on records and radio, and in jazz clubs, wowing audiences with the utter fearlessness and freedom of his groundbreaking trumpet solos. Negros Who Work on BroadwayFrom scrapbook #55, n.d. Reel 163 Louis Armstrong, n.d. Ambassador Satch
JAZZ A Film By Ken Burns: Selected Artist Biography - Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong From Armstrong 101, an educational publication produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center: www.jazzatlincolncenter.org. Louis Armstrong was born on August 4, 1901, in New Orleans, Louisiana, the birthplace of jazz. He is considered the most important improviser in jazz, and he taught the world to swing. Armstrong, fondly known as "Satchmo" (which is short for "Satchelmouth" referring to the size of his mouth) or "Pops," had a sense of humor, natural and unassuming manner, and positive disposition that made everyone around him feel good. With his infectious, wide grin and instantly recognizable gravelly voice, he won the hearts of people everywhere. Armstrong grew up in a poor family in a rough section of New Orleans. As the young Armstrong began to perform with pick-up bands in small clubs and play funerals and parades around town, he captured the attention and respect of some of the older established musicians of New Orleans.
Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong was the greatest of all Jazz musicians. Armstrong defined what it was to play Jazz. His amazing technical abilities, the joy and spontaneity, and amazingly quick, inventive musical mind still dominate Jazz to this day. Only Charlie Parker comes close to having as much influence on the history of Jazz as Louis Armstrong did. received a telegram from his mentor Joe Oliver, asking him to join his Creole Jazz Band at Lincoln Gardens (459 East 31st Street) in Chicago. numerous Blues singers, including Bessie Smith's 1925 classic recording of "St. Thanks to Mary Devito for her help with this page.
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