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    Louis Armstrong

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    Honors and Awards
    -New Orleans International Airport was named Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (2001)
    -Inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of fame (1952)
    -Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz hall of fame (1978)
    -Inducted into the Nesuhi Ertegün Jazz Hall of Fame (2004)
    -Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame (2004)
    -Inducted into the Louisiana Music hall of fame (2007)
    -Inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of fame (2007)
    Experiences as a child
    -Grew up in a very poor neighborhood in New Orleans
    -Sang on the streets of New Orleans
    -Would work on a junk wagon.
    -Cleaned Graves for tips
    -Sold coal
    -Played with pick up bands
    -Led marching bands around town
    Experiences as an adult
    -Moved to New York City and joined Joe Oliver’s band
    -Sang on Broadway
    -Traveled around the country singing, acting, and doing talk shows.
    -Moved to New York City (1924)
    -Moved around the country (1930)
    -Toured England, traveled all around Europe, and stayed in Paris (1930-1935)
    -Returned to U.S (1935)
    Major Works
    -La Vie En Rose (1947)
    -Heebie Jeebies (1926)
    -Potato Head Blues (1927)
    -Hello Dolly (1991)
    -What a Wonderful World (1968)
    Major Accomplishments
    -Thirteen Grammys
    -Four RIAA Certifications
    -Three Foreign pop charts
    -Three Billboard top 40 albums
    -Four Top 40 singles
    -Appeared on talks shows
    Interesting Jobs
    -Played with small pick up bands
    -Played at funerals
    -Played parades around town
    -Played in a Jazz Band
    -Sold Coal
    -Sold newspapers
    -Unloaded boats
    -Jazz music
    -Harlem renaissance
    -Daisy Parker
    -Lil Hardin Armstrong
    -Alpha Smith
    -Lucille Wilson

    Parents/ Grandparents/ Siblings
    -William Armstrong- Father
    -Mary Albert- Mother
    -Josephine Armstrong- Grandmother
    -Beatrice Armstrong Collins

    -Sharon Preston-Folta- Daughter
    -Clarence Armstrong- Son

    Background Information
    Born: August 4th, 1901
    Born in: New Orleans, LA
    Death: July 6th, 1971
    Died in: New York, NY
    -Fisk School of Boys
    Friends in the Harlem Renaissance
    -Bessie Smith
    -Duke Ellington
    -Langston Hughes
    -Billy Holiday
    -Arrested for marijuana possession (1931)
    -Arrested on New Years eve for firing a pistol
    -Three divorces
    Mentors/ Guidance
    -Joe King Oliver
    -Kid Ory
    -Bunk Johnson
    -Peter Davis
    -Known as the face of Jazz
    -The New Orleans Airport renamed their airport as Louis Armstrong International Airport
    -He played music to the very end of his life
    -Inspired many people to play jazz
    -Louis Armstrong at Queens College
    -Two autobiographies
    -Many letters to friends in New Orleans
    -Wrote on Index Cards
    If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.

    Musicians don’t retire; they stop when there’s no more music in them.

    Older life
    -Had a heart attack
    -Released from hospital, kept working.
    -Died from heart attack
    Colored Waifs Home for Boys
    -Learned to play cornet
    -Leader of band
    -Released at age 14
    Joe “King” Oliver
    -Mentor to Armstrong
    -Gave Armstrong his first cornet
    Bands Armstrong played for
    -Fate Marable’s band
    -Zuty Singleton’s trio
    -Allen Brass’ band
    -Papa Celestin Tuxedo Orchestra
    -Silver Leafs band
    -King Oliver Creole Jazz band
    -Carroll Dickenson’s Orchestra
    -Clarence Jone’s band
    Bands Started by Armstrong
    -Hot Fives
    -Hot Sevens
    Edward “Kid” Ory
    -Born December 25,1816
    Died: January 3, 1973
    -Mentor to Armstrong
    -Died at age 87
    -Armstrong played in his band
    The first Hot Five
    Lil Hardin Armstrong- Piano
    Kid Ory- Trombone
    Johnny Dodds- Clarninet
    Johnny St. Cyr- Guitar/Banjo
    The 1928 Hot Five
    Fred Robinson- Trombone
    Timmy Strong- Clarinet/ Tenor Saxophone
    Earl Hines- Piano
    Nancy Carr- Banjo
    Zutty Sigelton- Drums
    -High Society
    -Hello Dolly
    -Pennies from Heaven
    -Paris Blues
    -Cabin in the sky
    -A man called Adam
    -Atlantic City
    -Going Places
    -Glory Alley
    Fun Facts
    -He adopted his cousins child
    -He recorded 60 popular jazz songs in the span of 3 months.
    -Got into trouble with the mob
    -Averaged about 300 concerts a year
    First/ Onlys
    -First African American jazz musician to write an autobiography
    -Only black jazz musician to speak out against school segregation
    Quotes about Armstrong
    ”Armstrong’s improvisational verve and technical virtuosity defined jazz…and his engaging personality and ever-present grin made him a natural as the international ambassador of jazz, America’s greatest gift to the world.” ~Life Magazine

    “He left an undying testimony to the human condition in the America of his time.” ~Wynton Marsalis

    Lil Hardin Armstrong
    Born: February 3, 1898
    Died: August 3, 1971
    Lucille Wilson
    -Born: 1914
    -Died: July 7, 1971
    -Youngest of Four
    -Married Louis Armstrong in 1942
    -Lived in house in Corona, Queens with Louis Armstrong
    Queens College Archives
    Opened: October 15, 2003
    -72 Cartoons of memorabilia
    -5,000 photographs
    -85 scrapbooks
    -Five Gold plated trumpets
    -Satchmo: My life in New Orleans
    -Louis Armstrong- A self portrait
    -Swing that music
    -The best of Louis Armstrong
    -What a Wonderful World
    -Louis Armstrong Plays Standards
    SCAT Singing
    -Vocal Improvisation
    -Nonsense Lyrics
    -Sometimes no words at all
    Early SCAT singers
    -Gene Greene
    -Cliff Edwards
    -Leo Watson
    -Bing Crosby
    Recent SCAT Singers
    -Sara Leib
    -Harry James Angus
    -Amy Winehouse
    -Reggie Watts
    -Nikki Yanofsky
    SCAT groups
    -The Boswell Sisters
    -The Nutty Squirrels
    -The Manhattan Transfer
    Impact on Jazz
    -Gave Jazz a direction and a purpose
    -Some say the best jazz musician that ever lived
    Hello, Dolly!
    -1964 Jazz single by Louis Armstrong
    -Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001
    -First sung by Carol Channing
    -Made into a musical
    What a wonderful world
    -Came out January 1,1968
    -Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999
    -First sung by Bob Thiele
    – Was the #1 song in Australia and Ireland
    High Society
    -Louis Armstrong and his band played several songs in the movie High Society
    -Came Out: July 17, 1956
    -Two Oscar Nominations
    Pennies From Heaven
    -Louis Armstrong played Henry
    -Received an Academy Award for best original song
    -Louis Armstrong did not have a main role in this film
    Storyville, NO
    -Red-light district of New Orleans
    -Regulated prostitution and drugs
    -Located near a major train station
    -Joe “King” Oliver grew up there too
    -Dangerous district in New Orleans
    Impact On Society
    -Two sides in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa stopped fighting in 1960 to see a Armstrong concert.
    Cotton Club
    -African-American artists played for a white audience
    -Louis Armstrong played with Duke Ellington
    Corona, Quenns
    -Multicultural Population
    -Home to 1964 world fairs
    -Home to the New York Mets
    -Population about 110,000
    Altercation with Black Community
    -Did not like his stage gestures
    -Did not like how he was always smiling and grinning

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