History of Jazz

Louis Armstrong

(1901-1971)
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Louis ArmstrongTrumpeter Louis Armstrong was a great contributor to early jazz, especially as a solo improviser. He performed with many different bands during his career, and his virtuosic solo ability influenced everyone who came after him, since jazz moved increasingly toward solo improvisation rather than group improvisation. He is especially remembered for his masterful rhythmic sense and phrasing ability. His solos breathed and flowed naturally and communicated a message. Armstrong also sang and was known for his distinctive gravelly voice that helped popularize "scat." Scat singing uses nonsense syllables sung to an improvised melody.

Did you know?

  • Armstrong apeared in nearly 50 Hollywood movies.


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