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Transcript of Satchmo
performed around 300
concerts every year during
his career! Often aliased as "Satchmo" or "Pops", Louis Armstrong was the African American jazz legend who made his debut during the Roaring Twenties. -He was the grandson of slaves, and his father, William Armstrong, a factory worker, abandoned Louis shortly after his birth. -His first exposure to music was at the Fisk School for Boys, but did not start playing instruments until he dropped out of school at age eleven. -He initially worked as a paperboy, but after his mother went into prostitution because of the lack of money, he began taking odd jobs. -However, on New Year's Eve of 1912, Armstrong fired his stepfather's pistol into the air, and was arrested on the spot. He was then hauled off to the Colored Waif's Home for Boys, where he fell in love with music. -In his early teens, Armstrong had become a fine blues musician with respect to his mentors, such as Bunk Johnson, Kid Ory, and Joe "King" Oliver. Did You Know?
Louis Armstrong learned to play music before he could actually read music! In 2001, the city of New Orleans renamed its airport to the Louis Armstrong
to commemorate his legacy. Armstrong's Adulthood -After an entire lifetime of performances and music, Armstrong started suffering problems from his health. He decided live his life to the fullest, not giving up music while knowing that he wouldn't last much longer. -He was given the nickname "Ambassador Satch" for all the appearances he made in movies and trips. Armstrong was a gifted actor; he made starred in over 20 different motion pictures! -In 1942, Armstrong met his partner named Lucille Wilson, a dancer at the Cotton Club. -During the years 1929 to 1935, Louis Armstrong spent most of his life touring all over Europe and America. He also had many albums recorded and filmed too. -Louis Armstrong found out in his later life that he had a sister called Beatrice and her nickname was Mama Lucy. -Louis Armstrong died in his sleep on July 6th, 1971, a month before his birthday. -In 1969, Armstrong was forced to stop performing for an entire year due to his heart and kidney problems, but that did not stop him from practicing every day. Armstrong made his movie debut in Ex-Flame.
During this same year, he was caught red-handed
with marijuana, but received a suspended sentence. Most of Armstrong's music took a more
unconventional approach. Unlike blues, which
expresses sorrow through music, his songs are quite
the opposite. For example, "Struttin' With Some Barbeque" was a song about his favorite ribs down in Chicago. "Yes, I'm in the Barrel" was sung about gamblers and debt, and another one, "Muggles", was about marijuana. Many Northerners who played with Louis Armstrong criticized his fashion sense and diction. Some even shunned him from singing, although that did not stop his ambition. By: Tony Guajardo, Vincent Liu, Kevin Ramos, and Kevin Chan -The most popular of the sides recorded by the Hot Seven group was Potato Head Blues, which was not even a blues song. -Some of his greatest hits were: “What a Wonderful World”, “Hello Dolly”, “Potato Head Blues”, and “La Vie En Rose”. -By the late 1920s, Louis was shining bright in his career. -As Louis went on in life, He created his own band called the Hot Five, which was later renamed as the Hot Seven, and consisted of artists who were familiar with The New Orleans style Jazz. -Joe "King" Oliver taught Armstrong, and found occasional work for Louis. -After leaving home in 1914, Armstrong quickly found work throughout Storyville's nightlife. -Potato Head Blues featured immense rhythm, swinging phrasing, and incredibly high notes. -Armstrong also applied the theme of "scat singing", or vocal improvisation. From 1925 to 1928, Armstrong and
his band the Hot Five/Seven made over 60 records. Nowadays, these records are considered the most important and impacting recordings in the entire history of jazz. Most of these recordings are virtuosos, or brilliant compositions (usually solos) requiring incredible technical ability to perform.