Louis Armstrong And The Harlem Renaissance Essay

1600 Words Mar 17th, 2016 7 Pages
The 1920s and 30s were a time of renewal and revival for the city of Harlem. This period of time has been dubbed “the Harlem Renaissance.” One of the artists at the head of this movement was Louis Armstrong. “Satchmo” or “Pops” as he was often called, released many important works, many of which are performed to this day (ABiography.com (Eds.), n.d.). His music has resonated throughout the world from his time to our time. Louis Armstrong was one of the most prolific jazz artists of the 1920s and 30s and had a profound influence on future of jazz.
Louis Armstrong was born to a single mother on August 4, 1901 in New orleans, Louisiana. The area he was born in was so poor, it was nicknamed “The Battlefield.” His mother often times turned to prostitution to make money for the family. In the 5th grade, Armstrong left school to begin working (Biography.com (Eds.), n.d.). He began singing on the streets with several other boys. Each boy had a nickname, his being “Satchelmouth” which was later shortened to “Satchmo” (5a). He also worked for a Jewish family, the Karnofskys, collecting junk and delivering coal to bring in money. The Karnofskys treated Armstrong very well and encouraged him to further his musical talents (AThe Famous People (Eds.), n.d.). In 1912, Armstrong was arrested for shooting a gun into the air on New Year’s Day. He was subsequently sent to the Colored Waif’s home for boys for eighteen months. While there, he played in the brass band and…

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