Louis Armstronghand-colored etching by Adi Holzer Armstrong often stated that he was born on July 4, Albert was from Boutte, Louisianaand gave birth at home when she was about sixteen. William Armstrong abandoned the family shortly after.
Louis Armstrong was the greatest of all Jazz musicians. Armstrong defined what it was to play Jazz. His amazing technical abilities, the joy and spontaneity, and amazingly quick, inventive musical mind still dominate Jazz to this day.
Only Charlie Parker comes close to having as much influence on the history of Jazz as Louis Armstrong did. Like almost all early Jazz musicians, Louis was from New Orleans.
At the school he learned to play cornet. After being released at age fourteen, he worked selling papers, unloading boats, and selling coal from a cart. Joe "King" Oliver was his favorite and the older man acted as a father to Louis, even giving him his first real cornet, and instructing him on the instrument.
Marable led a band that played on the Strekfus Mississsippi river boat lines. This was a dream come true for Armstrong and his amazing playing in the band soon made him a sensation among other musicians in Chicago. The New Orleans style of music took the town by storm and soon many other bands from down south made their way north to Chicago.
In February of they were married. Armstrong recorded his first Hot Five records that same year. This was the first time that Armstrong had made records under his own name.
The band never played live, but continued recording until While working at the Sunset, Louis met his future manager, Joe Glaser. Glaser managed the Sunset at that time.
He also led his own band on the same venue under the name of Louis Armstrong and his Stompers. By Louis was becoming a very big star.
In he returned to Chicago and assembled his own band for touring purposes. Louis and Lil also separated in In he returned to California, before leaving for England where he was a great success.
For the next three years Armstrong was almost always on the road. He crisscrossed the U.
In he returned to the U. He had known Glaser when he was the manager of the Sunset Cafe in Chicago in the s. Glaser was allegedly connected to the Al Capone mob, but proved to be a great manager and friend for Louis. Glaser took care of the business end of things, leaving Armstrong free to concentrate on his music.
The band was renamed Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra and was one of the most popular acts of the Swing era.
Glaser put the band to work and they toured constantly for the next ten years. During this period Armstrong became one of the most famous men in America. In Lil and Louis finally got a divorce. Louis then married Alpha, his third wife.Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, – July 6, ), nicknamed Satchmo, Satch, and Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer, vocalist and occasional actor who was one of the most influential figures in timberdesignmag.com career spanned five decades, from the s to the s, and different eras in the history of jazz.
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Louis Armstrong was the founding father of jazz and one of this century's towering cultural figures, yet the full story of his extravagant life has never been told. Biographies of Jazz Musicians: This 42eXplore project page contains hundreds of biography sites for jazz singers and musicians, but you may also want to visit the main site - - Jazz Music also from eduScapes.
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"If anybody was Mr. Jazz, it was Louis Armstrong. He was the epitome of Jazz and always will be. He is what I call an American standard, an American original.".