Reproduction of a signed black and white publicity photograph of Louis Armstrong, L ouis Armstrong is renowned as both a seminal figure in the evolution of jazz and, more broadly, as one of the major artistic figures of the twentieth century. One of several important second-generation jazz musicians to emerge from New Orleans in the s, he helped introduce jazz to the global cultural mainstream.
Louis Armstrong has served as the focus of many works of literature. Now, a few seconds of old film that appear to feature Armstrong as a teenage boy have captivated jazz journalist James Karst. If Karst's theory is correct, the clip from shows Armstrong at a turning point in his early life — years before he became famous and eventually legendary around the world.
The story behind how Louis Armstrong starting playing the trumpet is interesting. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2. You can leave a responseor trackback from your own site.
Scott Simon. Peter Breslow. March Louis Armstrong plays trumpet in his dressing room before a show in New York. Louis Armstrong has served as the focus of many works of literature.
Although Armstrong claimed to be born invarious documents, notably a baptismal record, indicate that was his birth year. He grew up in dire poverty in New OrleansLouisiana, when jazz was very young. In he was sent to the Colored Waifs Home as a juvenile delinquent.
An all-star virtuoso, he came to prominence in the s, influencing countless musicians with both his daring trumpet style and unique vocals. Armstrong's charismatic stage presence impressed not only the jazz world but all of popular music. Louis Armstrong was born on August 4,in New Orleans, Louisiana, in a neighborhood so poor that it was nicknamed "The Battlefield.
South Rampart was a thoroughfare teeming with life on Oct. The street, between the Central Business District and what was known as "the back of town," was part of a bustling, diverse neighborhood that included grocery stores and restaurants, hotels and jazz-fueled honky tonks, according to Tulane University geographer and writer Richard Campanella. It was also teeming with police activity.
He represents what the music is all about. As a black man living and working in a segregated society, he symbolized the civil rights struggle that was part of the changing America in which he lived. At the age of eleven, Armstrong began to develop an interest in music, harmonizing on street corners and playing a toy horn. In and out of the home throughout his teenage years, Armstrong was taken under the wing of Peter Davis, who taught music there.
Louis Armstrong was one of the finest jazz musicians in the world. His work broke ground for a new style of popular American music for which he received worldwide acclaim. A virtuoso on trumpet, Louis Armstrong developed a performance style that included vocal improvisation known as scat singing nonsense syllables where the voice ties into the melody or rhythms as if it were another instrument.