Experience was by now, however imperceptibly, toughening the young man up. Played about thirty choruses! At the peak of his young form, Armstrong peeled off top Cs as easily as breathing previously they were rare and pulled out technical tours de force which never degenerated into notes for their own sake.
The Music Dixieland developed in the early 20th century — ;1 its four main influences were ragtime, military brass bands, the blues, and gospel music. The usual instrumentation of a Dixieland band was and still is trumpet or cornetclarinet, trombone, piano, string bass or tubadrums, and banjo or guitar.
Each instrument has its own specific role: Dixieland bands excluding piano and using tuba rather than string bass were originally small marching bands.
Besides playing for dances and parties, in the early s Dixieland bands would also play for funerals marching along with the procession in celebration of the life of the departed. There were few long solos in Dixieland jazz until the appearance of trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
Louis Armstrong was the first great jazz soloist improviser and one of the most important figures in jazz history. There are those who say that without Louis Armstrong, there would be no jazz today.
Almost all early Dixieland jazz musicians were African American.
Interestingly, the very first jazz record was made by an all white group known as the Original Dixieland Jass Band this group spelled jazz "jass". Most early jazz recordings were made on brittle hard plastic shellac records called 78s ; the number 78 refered to the number of revolutions per miniute RPM that the record would make when played on a record player of the day.
Listen to recordings of early jazz:Louis Armstrong: Biography & Musician Born in August (not Independence Day , as he was always told and believed), Louis Armstrong sang on the New Orleans streets in a boyhood quartet and in was admitted to the Colored Waifs’ home for firing a gun into the air.
In , he died of a heart attack in New York City. Though the history of jazz is filled with many exceptional and innovative musicians, it is hard to find any one who has had as profound an influence on the movement as Louis Armstrong.
Many of the musicians today you will also hear Louis’s influence, and not only in Jazz, Swing, Blues, but in any form. Louis Armstrong’s influence is one of the most powerful that has ever been, and may ever be.
T he genius of Louis Armstrong, the jazz-loving movie star Tallulah Bankhead wrote in , "reaches across land frontiers and oceans. I believe in one world. Louis Armstrong is rightly celebrated as a master jazz trumpeter, but his distinctive gravelly-voiced singing also had a huge influence on later artists.
His vocal improvisations and the powerful feeling of swing that he brought to everything he sang loosened up the more formal style of his contemporaries. The Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program at Columbia University released its debut recording, Young Lions, Volume 1 in Columbia has had student led jazz bands since the mid s, but has never released a recording in 80 years.