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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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Armstrong, Louis: Louis Armstrong In Scandinavia Vol. 2

The 16 tunes (79 minutes) on this CD are being released here for the first time. Two of the numbers were recorded in Copenhagen; 14 numbers were recorded in Sweden. The music on this CD was recorded during three live concerts: Two of the sessions were recorded in 1952 and the third in 1955.This CD of entirely previously unreleased material is a must for all fans of swing jazz, and Louis Armstrong fans in particular! As one can hear on this CD Armstrong is at his best, and the Scandinavian fans here – like fans all over the world - were wild about his music