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Louis Armstrong Prezi

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Sabrina Dixon

on 22 February 2013

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Louis Armstrong was said to be the greatest jazz musician ever to have lived. He was also called satchmo, or pops. He made jazz what it is today with nothing but pure talent, also earning many honors and awards. Even though Louis was born into poverty, he made a name for himself with his trumpet. (the greatest instrument ever) Louis Armstrong Early Life The Effect of WWI Louis was born on August 4th, 1901 in the outskirts of New Orleans. His single mother could barely get enough money for the family to eat, so by the age of seven he was on the streets looking for work. He worked wherever he could find it. Sometimes by selling vegetable or newspapers or even singing on the street corner with a few friends. He worked during his teenage years to earn a little extra money. Growing up in poverty, Louis had very few clothes and never had a toy. For entertainment, he spent most of the night in local clubs or dance halls listening to the music. Starting out- Music Louis' hobby of hanging out in dance halls led him to befriend a cornet player, Joe Oliver (King) that often worked playing music there. He started running errands for him in exchange for cornet lessons. (For those of you don't know, a cornet is much like a trumpet but can't play as loud as easily. So, in bands where a trumpet could easily become overpowering, cornets were used.) He learned quickly and started to develop his own style. Louis became so good at cornet that he could fill in for Joe Oliver at gigs. But in the beginning of World War I, several Navy seals that were stationed in New Orleans were violently attacked and killed. The secretary of the navy shut down the district, meaning the dance halls and clubs Louis so loved going to were closed. Most of the musicians moved to Chicago including Joe Oliver, but Louis stayed, as he didn't have an actual career yet. When the war was over and the dance halls were allowed to be reopened, he found himself in great demand and was able to work. Louis, with his swift playing and distinct style, became the greatest jazz musician and arguable the best trumpet player. His technical abilities were astounding and was well-known for his spontaneous notes and fast joyous tempo. He set the bar for how bands were wanted to play and fueled the transformation into what jazz is and how it was played. He started writing songs and performing not just with his trumpet, but with his voice as well. Music became his passion and life. The Lasting Effect of Louis Bibliography cornet trumpet Even though Louis started
making a lot of money, he
remained a humble man and
donated most of what he
earned. He supported Martin
privately, preferring to help inconspicuously. He donated much of his money to a variety of charities and even to where his career began, the Waif's Home. Luther King Jr. but because he didn't want publicity to interfere with his musical career, he did everything
Louis Armstrong was the first
person inducted into the Down
Beat Jazz Hall of Fame. He won the award "Best Male Vocal Performance"
for his song, "Hello, Dolly!" He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame as an early influence. There was a statue erected of him in Armstrong
Park, also named after him. A part of the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. -Another- statue of him in Algiers Ferry
Landing in New Orleans. "Hello, Dolly!" album was #1 on the charts
for 6 weeks straight. Mack the Knife was #1 in Australia for four weeks. And maaaaaaaany more, but due to how much time I have, , I am unable to name them all. Since Louis is said to have 'invented' jazz, he's given credit for that entire style of music thanks to his mercurial and expressive way of playing. Articulation was key, and to this day hard to match how great he was. http://www.myhero.com/go/hero.asp?hero=L_Armstrong_dn_hs_US_2010 http://www.satchmo.com/louisarmstrong/props4pops.html http://history1900s.about.com/od/people/a/Louis-Armstrong.htm http://www.8notes.com/f/29_27232.asp http://www.beginband.com/trumpet.shtml http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Trumpet_1.jpg
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