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 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 ".
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.