Louis Armstrong
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1901-08-04
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Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong Biography (BBC)

Born in abject poverty in New Orleans, Armstrong became the first great soloist in jazz, and the musician who was the single most powerful influence on the music during its first half century. Abandoned by his father, he was brought up by his mother and grandmother in some of the poorest areas of his home town, and he apparently never know his real birth date, preferring to adopt Independence Day 1900 as his birthday.

As a boy, he worked on a coal cart for the Jewish Karnofsky family, working in the Red Light District of New Orleans and developing a musical talent that grew further during his time in the Colored Waifs home, where he spent some of his teenage years. he played cornet in the Waifs' band, and by his late teens had acquired a reputation as a fine brass player with plenty of ideas and natural stamina. His big break came when he was summoned to Chicago in 1922 to join King Oliver's band, with whom he made his first records. His reputation grew when he travelled to New York in 1924 to become a star soloist with Fletcher Henderson.

Back in Chicago, he made a remarkable series of discs with a studio band known as his Hot Five and Hot Seven, in which he developed his bravura solo style, and launched the concept of the improvising jazz soloist. His brilliant, inventive playing became a symbol of the energy and freedom of the 'jazz age' - the riotous pre-Depression America of the Roaring Twenties. By the end of the 1920s, having moved to New York in 1929 to perform in the revue Hot Chocolates, Armstrong became a major star. As a singer, trumpeter and entertainer, he fronted his own big band throughout the 1930s and well into the 1940s, making a string of influential discs that featured his high, powerful trumpeting and his gravelly singing.

He toured to Europe in 1933-4 , leading a big band of local musicians. In 1947 he scaled down to a small group - the All Stars - which he led for the rest of his life, playing an up-to-date brand of the Dixieland jazz of his home town. He also appeared in numerous films, and made several popular vocal records, including Hello Dolly and What a Wonderful World, which introduced him to a vast audience unaware of his musical innovations in the 1920s. When he died he was universally regarded as the father figure of jazz, and loved by the people he had met and encouraged all over the world as 'Ambassador Satch', playing a relentless series of tours and concerts well into his old age.

Louis Armstrong Biography (Wikipedia)

Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer and singer who was one of the most influential figures in jazz. His career spanned five decades, from the 1920s to the 1960s, and different eras in jazz.

Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an "inventive" trumpet and cornet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance. With his instantly recognizable gravelly voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes. He was also skilled at scat singing.

Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and voice almost as much as for his trumpet-playing, Armstrong's influence extends well beyond jazz music, and by the end of his career in the 1960s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general. Armstrong was one of the first truly popular African-American entertainers to "cross over", whose skin color was secondary to his music in an America that was extremely racially divided. He rarely publicly politicized his race, often to the dismay of fellow African-Americans, but took a well-publicized stand for desegregation in the Little Rock Crisis. His artistry and personality allowed him socially acceptable access to the upper echelons of American society which were highly restricted for black men of his era.

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A Song Was Born
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When The Saints Go Marching In
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When The Saints Go Marching In
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Hello Dolly
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Hello Dolly
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Cheek To Cheek
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Cheek To Cheek
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Cabaret
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Cabaret
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We Have All the Time in the World
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We Have All the Time in the World
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A Kiss To Build A Dream On
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A Kiss To Build A Dream On
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Jack-Armstrong Blues
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Jack-Armstrong Blues
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St James Infirmary
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St James Infirmary
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I'm Just A Lucky So And So
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I'm Just A Lucky So And So
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Linger In My Arms
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Linger In My Arms
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Jeepers Creepers (1964 Version)
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Jeepers Creepers (1964 Version)
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Mahogany Hall Stomp
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Mahogany Hall Stomp
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Cold Cold Heart
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Cold Cold Heart
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Dippermouth Blues
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Dippermouth Blues
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Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
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Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
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Now You Has Jazz
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Now You Has Jazz
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The Creator Has A Master Plan (Peace)
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The Creator Has A Master Plan (Peace)
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We Have All The Time In The World
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We Have All The Time In The World
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A Fine Romance
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A Fine Romance
Ella Fitzgerald
Love is Here to Stay
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Love is Here to Stay
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The Bare Necessities
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The Bare Necessities
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Hello Dolly
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Hello Dolly
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