The life and music of louis satchmo armstrong

One of the greatest cornet players in town, Joe "King" Oliver, began acting as a mentor to the young Armstrong, showing him pointers on the horn and occasionally using him as a sub. Although race relations were poor, Chicago was booming.

During the next 30 years, Armstrong played more than performances a year. Louis Armstronghand-colored etching by Adi Holzer Armstrong often stated that he was born on July 4, After his release he worked odd jobs and began performing with local groups.

Excited as he was to be in Chicago, he began his career-long pastime of writing letters to friends in New Orleans. The tune did, however, become a No. Guys who invent terms like that are walking the streets with their instruments under their arms.

Louis armstrong death

With his increasing fame, however, came the criticism of a black community that felt he was not living up to the responsibilities of the times. In he started recording with drummer Zutty Singleton and pianist Earl Hines, the latter a musician whose skill matched Armstrong's. To distinguish them from other hawkers, he tried playing a tin horn to attract customers. Armstrong's famous interpretation of Carmichael's " Stardust " became one of the most successful versions of this song ever recorded, showcasing Armstrong's unique vocal sound and style and his innovative approach to singing songs that had already become standards. There he created his most important early works, the Armstrong Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings of —28, on which he emerged as the first great jazz soloist. After a successful engagement in Las Vegas, Armstrong began taking engagements around the world, including in London and Washington, D. He grew up in a poor part of the city that was so rough that it was nicknamed "The Battleground. In , he died of a heart attack in New York City. Satchmo didn't let the criticism stop him, however, and he returned an even bigger star when he began a longer tour throughout Europe in He started up his own band and made several recordings. At twenty, he could read music.

Louis Armstrong House When Wilson tired of living out of a suitcase during endless strings of one-nighters, she convinced Armstrong to purchase a house at th Street in Corona, Queens, New York.

He sponsored a local baseball team known as Armstrong's Secret Nine and had a cigar named after him. Appearing in the theatrical revue Hot Chocolates, he sang "Fats" Waller's — "Ain't Misbehavin'," Armstrong's first popular song hit.

In the second stanza he breaks into an almost fully improvised melody, which then evolves into a classic passage of Armstrong " scat singing ".

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It became impossible under such circumstances to finance a piece touring band. During this period, he switched from cornet to trumpet. Glaser did just that; within a few months, Armstrong had a new big band and was recording for Decca Records.

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