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Louis Armstrong

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(b New Orleans, 1901; d NY, 1971). Amer. jazz trumpeter and singer. From 1917 played on Miss. river boats. Joined King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band 1922. Played often with Fletcher ...

Armstrong, Louis

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Kathy J. Ogren

The Oxford Companion to United States History

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2004
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History, Regional and National History
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...Armstrong, Louis ( 1900?–1971 ), jazz trumpeter, band leader, vocalist. One of the twentieth century's premier jazz musicians, Louis Armstrong was born in poverty in New Orleans . He first learned to play brass instruments in Joseph Jones's Colored Waifs' Home. His skills matured in settings where ensemble jazz improvisation first evolved, including street parades, dance halls, and Fate Marable's Mississippi riverboat band. Armstrong's considerable influence as a jazz pioneer began with membership in the bands of Edward (“Kid”) Ory ( 1918 ) and Joseph...

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Kathy J. Ogren

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History

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2013

...measure their craft. [ See also Blues ; Davis, Miles ; Film ; Jazz ; Music ; New Orleans ; and Vaudeville . ] Bibliography Brothers, Thomas . Louis Armstrong's New Orleans . New York: W. W. Norton, 2006. Collier, James Lincoln . Louis Armstrong: An American Genius . New York: Oxford University Press, 1983. Early, Gerald . “‘And I Will Sing of Joy and Pain for You’: Louis Armstrong and the Great Jazz Traditions.” In Tuxedo Junction: Essays on American Culture , pp. 291–300. New York: Ecco Press, 1989. Kathy J....

Armstrong, Louis

Armstrong, Louis (4 Aug 1901)   Reference library

Gene H. Anderson

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
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...of Jazz, 1930–1945 (New York, 1989) E. Anderson : “Louis Armstrong, a Personal Memoir,” Storyville (1 Dec 1991) L. Armstrong : A Louis Armstrong Study Album , transcr. L. Grigson (London, 1992) J. Berrett : “Louis Armstrong and Opera,” MQ , lxxvi (1992), 216–41 L. Grigson : A Louis Armstrong Study Album (London, 1992) M. Miller , ed.: Louis Armstrong: a Cultural Legacy (Seattle, 1994) L. Armstrong : Great Trumpet Solos , transcr. P. Ecklund (New York, 1995) S. Zenni : Louis Armstrong–Satchmo: Oltre il mito del jazz (Viterbo, 1995) G....

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World Encyclopedia

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2004
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100 words

..., Louis ( Daniel Louis Armstrong ) ( 1900–71 ) US jazz trumpeter , singer and bandleader , nicknamed ‘Satchmo’. Armstrong was one of the most distinctive sounds in 20th-century music. He learned to play in New Orleans, and in 1922 joined the King Oliver band. The Hot Fives and Hot Sevens recordings ( 1925–29 ) are some of the most influential in the history of jazz. In the 1930s he became a successful bandleader, his deep, bluesy voice featured on tunes like “Mack the Knife”. He also appeared in films such as Pennies from Heaven ( 1936 ), ...

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Encyclopedia of African American History 1896 to the Present

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2009
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...his death, Armstrong's recordings remain popular, and his music is more widely available a generation after his death than at any time during his lifetime. “Melancholy Blues” as recorded by Armstrong and the Hot Seven was included on the Voyager Golden Record sent into outer space to represent the greatest musical achievements of humankind. [ See also Jazz and New Orleans .] Bibliography Armstrong, Louis . Louis Armstrong, in His Own Words: Selected Writings . Edited by Thomas Brothers . New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. Armstrong, Louis . Satchmo:...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
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110 words

..., Louis ( Satchmo ) ( b New Orleans , 1901 ; d NY , 1971 ) American jazz trumpeter and singer . From 1917 played on MO river boats. Joined King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band 1922 . Played often with Fletcher Henderson's orch 1924–5 , then formed own band. Became world‐famous as result of recordings in 1920s in which his virtuoso trumpet‐playing and his idiosyncratic singing had enormous influence on jazz scene. Nickname ‘Satchmo’ a diminutive of ‘Satchelmouth’. Visited Eng. and Eur. 1932 and 1934 . Made many films and appeared with...

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Who's Who in the Twentieth Century

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2003
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History
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245 words

..., Louis ( 1900–1971 ) Black US jazz trumpet player and singer, also called ‘Satchmo’. His superb playing, abrasive voice, and irrepressible personality made him one of the best-loved entertainers of the century. Born in New Orleans, he learned to play the cornet while confined in a waifs' home at the age of thirteen for firing a revolver in the street. After his release he did a variety of odd jobs before playing in the jazz bands of King Oliver and Fletcher Henderson . In 1925–28 he made about sixty records as the leader of small groups, now...

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Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (3 ed.)

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2008
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55 words

...0Louis Louis Armstrong 1901 – 71 American singer and jazz musician . See also misquotations All music is folk music, I ain't never heard no horse sing a song. in New York Times 7 July 1971 all music is folk music all music is folk music never heard no horse sing never heard no horse ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2008
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...Louis Armstrong 1901 – 71 There are some people that if they don't know, you can't tell 'em. c. 1956, Deirdre Mullane , ed., Words to Make My Children Live: A Book of African American Quotations ...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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2018
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...0Louis Louis Armstrong 1901 – 71 American singer and jazz musician If you still have to ask…shame on you. when asked what jazz is; sometimes quoted as, ‘Man, if you gotta ask you'll never know’ Max Jones et al. Salute to Satchmo (1970) if you gotta ask you'll never know All music is folk music, I ain't never heard no horse sing a song. in New York Times 7 July 1971 all music is folk music all music is folk music never heard no horse ...

Louis Armstrong

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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Current Version:
2014
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Quotations
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...0Louis Louis Armstrong 1901 – 71 American singer and jazz musician If you still have to ask…shame on you. when asked what jazz is Max Jones et al. Salute to Satchmo (1970); see misquotations if you gotta ask you'll never know All music is folk music, I ain't never heard no horse sing a song. in New York Times 7 July 1971 all music is folk music all music is folk music never heard no horse sing never heard no horse ...

Armstrong, [Daniel] Louis

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The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

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2009
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Performing arts, Music
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347 words

...TV film Louis Armstrong: Chicago Style ( 1976 ). Autobiography: Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans , 1986 ; biography: Satchmo: The Genius of Louis Armstrong , Gary Giddins ( 2001...

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The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
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4,403 words

...Deems , Dizzy Gillespie , Louis Armstrong - An American Icon , Louis Armstrong - Carnegie Hall Concert 1947 , Louis Armstrong - Great Original Performances: 1923-1931 , Louis Armstrong - Mack The Knife , Armstrong, Louis - The Best Of The Decca Years, Vol. 1: The Singer , Louis Armstrong - The Complete RCA Victor Recordings , Louis Armstrong - Volume 1: 1923 , Louis Armstrong - Volume 2: 1923-24 , Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World , Louis Armstrong - 1926-1927 , Louis Armstrong - 1929-1930 , Armstrong, Louis - Live In 1943: On The Sunny...

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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66 words
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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55 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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60 words
Armstrong, Louis - 1929-1930

Armstrong, Louis - 1929-1930   Reference library

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
Length:
201 words

..., Louis - 1929-1930 1929-1930 is a superb Louis Armstrong disc from one of his most exciting and formative periods. It was recorded at a time when Satchmo was fronting several different orchestras in New York and represents his first attempts at leading somewhat larger bands, as opposed to his small Chicago groups. Although portions of the material are available on several other discs ( Mahogany Hall Stomp , Louis And The Big Bands , etc.), this particular issue is an excellent, comprehensive representation of the period and eschews excessive bonus...

Armstrong, Louis - 1926-1927

Armstrong, Louis - 1926-1927   Reference library

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
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175 words

..., Louis - 1926-1927 The recordings included on 1926-1927 are often hailed as among the most important in the development of jazz. Between 1925 and 1928, Louis Armstrong assembled groups known as the Hot Fives and Hot Sevens, solely for the purpose of recording (which in itself was unusual for that time). This album features some of Armstrong’s finest playing, which at that time was on cornet. One can hear Armstrong literally expanding the vocabulary of jazz as he plays, continually introducing more advanced rhythmic concepts, placing greater emphasis...

Fitzgerald, Ella/Louis Armstrong - Ella & Louis

Fitzgerald, Ella/Louis Armstrong - Ella & Louis   Reference library

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
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102 words

...Ella/Louis Armstrong - Ella & Louis An inspired collaboration, masterminded by producer Norman Granz. Both artists were riding high at this stage in their careers. Granz assembled a stellar quartet of Oscar Peterson (piano), Buddy Rich (drums), Herb Ellis (guitar) and Ray Brown (bass). Equally inspired was the choice of material, with the gruffness of Armstrong’s voice blending like magic with Fitzgerald’s stunningly silky delivery. Outstanding are Irving Berlin’s ‘Cheek To Cheek’ and ‘Isn’t This A Lovely Day’, and everything else works like a dream,...

Armstrong, Louis - The Louis Armstrong Story Vols. 1-7

Armstrong, Louis - The Louis Armstrong Story Vols. 1-7   Reference library

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
Length:
106 words

..., Louis - The Louis Armstrong Story Vols. 1-7 Legendary New Orleans trumpeter and vocalist Louis Armstrong was jazz’s first instrumentalist soloist. An immensely gifted technician with a profoundly lyrical melodic conception and ringing, celebratory tone, he broke away from the entirely polyphonic New Orleans tradition to play a music that shifted the emphasis onto his (and sometimes others’) individual solos. This skilfully compiled seven-volume set starts in November 1925 and ends in March 1931, and features his celebrated Hot Fives and Hot Sevens...

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