Compare And Contrast Bix Beiderbeck And Louis Armstroner

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MUSIC 131
Listening Essay (Topic 2)
Lee-Yang Hsieh
5/20/2016

Bix Beiderbeck and Louis Armstrong, both legendary jazz musicians and trumpet players, had quite a different career and life. They received different levels of recognition at the time. This is not because of their style, as they both are legendary complex stylists who are great at messing with the beat, but rather the changes they bring to the world of jazz. Bix Beiderbecke defined and performed great jazz music while Louis Armstrong revolutionized jazz and innovated numerous performing techniques that led to the jazz we love today. Bix Beiderbecke was born in early 1900s, grew up in the heart of America in a German-American family. Since he was young, he had the talent to pick out while perfectly well play any tune he had come across. He was a musical boy and often listened to New Orleans music that at the time was recorded on initial Dixieland jazz band that featured Nick La Rocca who at the time, was their main trumpet player. He also listened to Louis Armstrong as well as Emmett Hardy and other popular artists at the time on Mississippi banks. He owned a classical piano at his home (Collier, p. 3). He attended piano classes and
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Louis has being the most prominent trumpet player in history. His trumpet playing techniques significantly impacted all other instrument players who came after him and emulated his techniques in all other instruments. His style and innovative perspective of jazz changed all the forthcoming jazz singers who had a lot to learn from him, including Bix who learnt a lot from Louis Armstrong. Two of his most famous hit sounds were “What a Wonderful World” as well as “Hello Dolly” among others. The emotions attached to his music is what attracted most people and led to the spread of his music. The charm present in the music was also adored and enjoyed by

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