Louis Armstrong and His Music Essay

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Louis Armstrong and His Music “The essence of jazz- making something new out of something old, making something personal out of something shared- has no finer exemplar than Armstrong.” (Hasse par. 3) During the 1920’s a young African American man, otherwise known as Louis Armstrong, helped create and represent a new twist on popular music. This music that became so famous and well loved today is also referred to as jazz. Louis Armstrong had a very successful jazz career performing and composing popular jazz hits in the 1920’s.
Louis Armstrong was born on August 4, 1901 in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. He not only grew up in poverty but also in the area nicknamed “The Battlefield.” (“Louis Armstrong” Britannica par. 1) When
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Daisy Parker was a prostitute and their marriage did not last long. Violence and arguments ended the marriage in 1923. (“Louis Armstrong” par. 4) Meanwhile, Armstrong’s music career began to grow. He played in a band on a riverboat led by Fate Marable. (“Louis Armstrong” par. 5) “Armstrong, fondly known as ‘Satchmo’ (which is short for ‘satchel mouth’ referring to the size of his mouth) or ‘Pops’, had a sense of humor, natural and unassuming manner, and positive disposition that made everyone around him feel good.” (“Louis Armstrong” par. 1) New Orleans had a very diverse population. Both European and African origins made many different cultural influences. (Bergreen par. 2) Jazz was very popular in the 1920’s. People had money to spend on entertainment like dance halls and clubs. Radios and records were popular so people did not have to travel far to hear music they enjoyed. (Matthews par. 4) All sorts of new dances came about and people loved them. The Charleston, tap dance, and other swinging dances all derived from fads of African Americans. (“Harlem Renaissance” par. 9) Famous songs from Armstrong in the 20’s include “Big Butter and Egg Man”, “Hotter Than That”, “Struttin’ With Some Barbeque”, “Potato Head Blues”, and “S.O.L. Blues”. (Hasse par. 1)
The summer of 1922, in search of fame and fortune, Armstrong headed to Chicago where he knew a man by the name of King Oliver. For the next two years he was an active
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