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Transcript of Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong was invited to play in Joe "King" Oliver's Creole Jazz band in 1922
Born August 4, 1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana
Jazz vs Pop
Impact on today
Louis was liked by two groups: people who respected him as a trumpeteer and a jazz musician and the people who adored his catchy tunes but was never aware of his influence on jazz.
Work and Pictures Cited
Balik, Rachel. "Happy Birthday, Louis Armstrong, Legendary Jazz Musician and Singer." Finding Dulcinea. Finding Dulcinea, 04 Aug 2010. Web. 1 Jan 2014. <http://webpath.follettsoftware.com/resource/viewurl?encodedUrl=nyksLrFVtJi-9UbW173cmeKlbs7SN4qD2b3DzCmDLRM&version=1&appsignature=Destiny&appversion=188.8.131.52 (AU2)>.
Armstrong grew up loving music and eventually started playing small gigs around town.
Contributions to Society
Jazz music was an ensemble band meaning that all of the musicians played together in harmony. The cornet or the trumpet would play first and the clarinet and trombone would follow creating lines around the melody. Armstrong became the first soloist to use jazz phrasing. This means that he would play the notes ahead or behind the beat of the melody.
Nicknamed "pops" and "satchmo"
Had to provide for his family by singing on the corners of the street, working on a junk wagon, cleaning graves, and selling coal.
Taught himself to play
As he became more experienced, Armstrong took Oliver's place in
Kid Ory's Band
, a well known jazz band at the time.
While doing a small show with a pick-up band.
he caught they eye of Joe"King" Oliver who would
eventually be his mentor.
In 1924, Armstrong recorded songs with people like Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey in New York and played with the Fletcher Anderson Orchestra whom he influenced by teaching them new musical terms and deepening their experience with music.
Petters, John. "Louis Armstrong." Traditional Jazz. Traditional Jazz, n.d. Web. 1 Jan 2014.
Armstrong, Louis. SATCHMO My Life in New Orleans. New York: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1954. 7-240. Print.
Louis Armstrong first started playing the cornet but later switched to the trumpet.
Armstong was known to get lost in his music as he was playing and this painting represents the passion behind the music
The background's dark colors contrast with the bright colors used to paint the man and the trumpet. The two colors represent Armstrong's jazz (bright and cheerful) compared to the world's jazz (dull).
In the background, you can see splotches and small lines of bright colors over the dark layout of the bacground. This represents Armstrong's music influencing jazz.
By the time Louis was in his 30's he started appearing in movies such as
Rhapsody in Black and Blue (1932)
Pennies from Heaven (1936).
In his late 20's, Armstrong began touring the United States as a trumpeteer.
Louis originally started off as a jazz artist performing in jazz bands. But as he gained recognition, people started to incorporate him as pop due to the upbeat nature of some of his tunes.
As more and more of Armstrong's music played on the radio, he proved that jazz was not tied down to audiences who only preferred jazz but to other audiences who liked pop. Louis merged the boundaries of pop and jazz with his music and showed that jazz was a genre of music that had potential to be liked by all audiences.
Jazz vs. Pop Picture:
Louis is thought to be the one who introduced scat singing, a way of singing by using improvised, worldless sounds, to jazz in his 1926 recording of Heebie Jeebies.
Because of Armstrong's incredible talent and publicity, he was able to cross the color barrier and became widely accepted in the white community.
Contributions to Society
Because of his constant traveling in tours and many guest appearances on the radio and in movies, he spread jazz music throughout America and the world.
In the 1950's Louis started singing in addition to his trumpet playing and his raspy and gravely voice attracted much attention and almost instantly becomes the "...internationally recognized voice of jazz itself,” says PBS’ “American Masters.”
Contributions to Society Picture
Jazz will never again be the structured musical genre that it was before Armstrong. His jazz phrasing set the basis for today's Jazz.
Armstrong's music is so widely liked and known that it has appeared in recent movies such as
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Died July 6, 1971 in Corona, NY
Most, if not all, of his songs were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame
Impact on Today Pictures:
Early Music Career Picture:
The Beginning Pictures: