Louis Armstrong Essay

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Louis Armstrong

Heroes are needed in the world to give people something to look up to,

someone to be like. Louis Armstrong over came such adversities as poverty, a

lack of good education, and racism to become one of the greatest jazz player

not just of the 1920s but of the 20th century. Armstrong was one of the

creators of Jazz and was one of the most popular entertainers from the 1920s.

Starting out at a young age he never knew that one day he would be such a

popular jazz player and also not knowing that one day he might even be

called a hero.

Armstrong was born on July 4, 1900 in the Storyville section of New

Orleans. At the age of 12 his life changed. When he was parting for New

Years Eve, he shot a
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Armstrong one of the first black men to be recorded. In 1924 Armstrong went

to Harlem in New York to play in Fletcher Henderson’s band. He had the

towns’ respect as soon as he arrived. This is when he started to learn how to

write his own music.

During this time Armstrong invented a type of singing called "scat singing"

a type of wordless singing sounding like a mix of blues and jazz. Even though

he was extremely popular over here, he was even more popular in Europe

because they weren’t as concerned with racism. Up until the 50’s he still sang

and play the trumpet. On July 6th two days after his birthday he died in his

sleep at home in Queens, New York. He was 71 years old.

During the 1920s there were very few black jazz players that were

making it big in the music business. Even though he was young during his

early career, he was looked up to by many black people. To them he was a

hero not only because he sang and played the trumpet better than anyone else,

but more so because he had made it big and for the most part, nobody cared

what color his skin was.

His influence can be found all through out the jazz scene, even today.

Many modern musicians have been influenced by his work.

Although his career spanned a time in history when Black people were

being discriminated against in all parts of society, Armstrong seemed to be

able to bridge that gap.

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