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Armstrong, Louis

Biography

Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an "inventive" cornet and trumpet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance. With his instantly recognizable deep and distinctive gravelly voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes. He was also greatly skilled at scat singing (vocalizing using sounds and syllables instead of actual lyrics). Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and voice almost as much as for his trumpet-playing, Armstrong's influence extends well beyond jazz music, and by the end of his career in the 1960s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general. Armstrong was one of the first truly popular African-American entertainers to "cross over", whose skin-color was secondary to his music in an America that was severely racially divided. He rarely publicly politicized his race, often to the dismay of fellow African-Americans, but took a well-publicized stand for desegregation during the Little Rock Crisis. His artistry and personality allowed him socially acceptable access to the upper echelons of American society that were highly restricted for a black man.

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Recordings

Armstrong, Louis: In Scandinavia Vol. 1 - 4

Celebrate Armstrong's Birthday with the Louis Armstrong In Scandinavia Box Set!!! Ricky Riccardi Read more! Track listing 1 Track listing 2 Track listing 3 Track listing 4 Review from POLITIKEN Copenhagen Denmark Armstrongs skandinaviske visitter Louis Armstrong in Scandinavia (Storyville). 4 cd’er. ****** Vi ruller tiden tilbage og lytter til Louis Armstrongs besøg i Skandinavien. Det retrospektive bokssæt viser både en stærk Armstrong, en svækket Armstrong og en Armstrong, der kan skære helt ind til benet. Hvem havde Dexter Gordon det mon fra, når han i sine annonceringer af et nummer gerne nævnte titlen to gange lige efter hinanden? Noget kunne tyde på, at han havde det fra Louis Armstrong, der var hans kapelmester under en periode i 1944. For det er præcis det samme, Armstrong gør i de indledende tre numre I dette 4 cd-sæt, der følger hans besøg i Skandinavien op til 1967. Disse tre numre, ‘I Cover The Waterfront’, ‘Dinah’ og ‘Tiger Rag’, indspillet 21. oktober 1933 under Armstrongs første besøg i Danmark, vil være kendte for mange, idet de stammer fra filmen ‘København-Kal...