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Louis Armstrong: The King Of Jazz

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Louis Armstrong was known as the King of jazz, a trumpeter and singer who was one of the most influential figures in jazz music. Famous for his innovative methods of playing the trumpet and cornet, he was also a highly talented singer blessed with a powerful voice. Known for his skills on being able improvise, he would bend and twist the many lyrics and melody of a song with dramatic effect. As his popularity grew in the mid-20th century America when racism was more prevalent, he was one of the first African-American entertainers to be highly popular among both the white and the colored segments of the society. Fondly nicknamed Satchmo or Pops by his fans, he is often regarded to be the founding father of jazz as a uniquely American art form. Born into poverty in New Orleans, he had a very difficult childhood after his father abandoned the family. As a young boy, he…show more content…
His development of instrumental, vocal, and stylistic techniques partnered with his amazing talent opened doors to the acceptance of all races. Armstrong played alongside of Rosemary Clooney, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra on the TV show, The Edsel Show in the late 1950s. With vast viewer popularity, other races made it apparent their unconditional love for him and his music. Armstrong began making a step in racial acceptance that during the time had not been established yet. Through his contribution to early Jazz, he had a direct hand in developing the new field of academic jazz scholarship, although it had been extensively debated on his contribution. None the less, his talent formed a popularity that was surpassed by none, even to the point that once in his career; he was more popular than the Beatles. Undoubtedly, he was the first, if not the only to present Jazz to the public as a form of art. This changed the direction of Jazz to not just leisure listening music, but a teachable and complicated
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