Louis Armstrong

Jazz Music

The growth of jazz music worldwide gave birth to different and distinctive musical styles mainly because of one’s cultural and musical influence. For example, New Orleans jazz started in 1910s and included polyphonic innovations, brass band parades, French Quadrilles and a lot more tools. There is also another distinct jazz music called the Bebop which paved the transition from normal jazz to a more danceable music. The tempos were faster and it completely involved chord-based sounds.

Eversince, jazz music started to develop until such time that it widened out to more distinctive styles. Up to this day, jazz music is considered as one of the most popular genres of music.

Another prominent name in the music industry is Louis Armstrong. Armstrong is fondly called “Satchmo”, “Pops”, and “Ambassador Satch.” His name grew bigger during the 1920s because of his daring trumpet style – his trademark in the jazz genre. He was also famous for his powerful vocals.

His Early Career

On 1922, Armstrong received a call from King Oliver asking him to go to Chicago and join Creole Band. He gave in and from then on, he became a signature name all over Chicago, leaving people in awe because of his remarkable two-cornet breaks. On April 5, 1923, he had his first recording with Oliver and performed his solo entitled “Chimes Blues.”

When he was in New York, he stopped performing as a sideman and instead started creating inspirational jazz music with other big names in the industry. In just three years, the artist created more than 60 records with his band, Hot Five. Hot Five was a signature name in the industry, thus, making the band a really popular band worldwide.

This Grammy-winner had a certain kind of charisma but some critics were too harsh on him especially during the 1930s when he started appearing in movies. But being the passionate artist that he is, he didn’t let those criticisms stop him from doing what he loves.

His famous songs include “Star Dust”, “La Via En Rose”, and “What a Wonderful World.”

He is considered as a legacy. His home in Corona, Queens was even declared as a National Historic Landmark in 1977, just a year after his death. It is now a considered as a museum which shows his concerts, books, recordings, and other memorabilia. The museum is currently handled by City University of New York’s Queens College.

Jazz has been living for so long. The generation today may not really appreciate this kind of music since music has also been evolving through the years. However, this genre was special for a lot of people and may still be special among them.

The abovementioned artists are just two of the many artists in the jazz genre. What made them exceptional is their passion for music, their creativity in their own craft, and their dedication to move worlds for jazz music.