Louis Armstrong was a major influence on the development of Jazz but many have forgotten him. Not in the sense that they don’t recognize him at all but more on how much of a great musician he was. Not to mention, his unique style of singing voice, seemed to be misinterpreted. “Satchmo” was a great entertainer and a great American. He was known as the “Ambassador of Jazz.” There are so many biographies on him, this one is about the complete one:
(Born August 4, 1901, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.—died July 6, 1971, New York, New York) the leading trumpeter and one of the most influential artists in jazz history.
Armstrong grew up in dire poverty in New Orleans, Louisiana, when jazz was very young. As a child he worked at odd jobs and sang in a boys’ quartet. In 1913 he was sent to the Colored Waifs Home as a juvenile delinquent. There he learned to play cornet in the home’s band, and playing music quickly became a passion; in his teens he learned music by listening to the pioneer jazz artists of the day, including the leading New Orleans cornetist, King Oliver. Armstrong developed rapidly: he played in marching and jazz bands, becoming skillful enough to replace Oliver in the important Kid Ory band about 1918, and in the early 1920s he played in Mississippi riverboat dance bands…..Learn More
Note: Just think, if he wasn’t placed in the special school, would have never learned to play the Cornet.
It is very hard to find footage Louis Armstrong playing in concert but there is a great series of DVD’s named the “Jazz Icons Series.” Visit this link and learn more. You can find all these high grade video there “Louis Armstrong LIVE in 1959″ The videos on this post can be found there.
“When it’s sleepy time down South”:
“Now you has Jazz”:
“Mack the Knife”:
“When the Saints come Marching in“:
Most people alive now and for some time already, fail to realize that his golden days were when he was young. It seems that many people identify him and “picture” him as someone who made it later on in life. It’s really not their fault because of the lack of technology in the early years of Jazz but now Louis Armstrong’s music is being remastered and reissued. This DVD went through the process and look at how great it is.