Louis Armstrong Challenges

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Talent Over Odds What is the hardest thing you have ever done to do the one thing you are passionate about? In the case of Louis Armstrong, he overcame the struggles of poverty and racism to become one of the most legendary jazz musicians. Coming from a bad neighborhood and low income did not stop Louis Armstrong from accomplishing his one passion. His talent brought him to the top of the jazz world. Due to his strong will and outstanding talents, Louis Armstrong rose through the challenges life threw at him and grew up to become a role model and inspiration to others.
Louis Armstrong was born August 4th, 1901 in New Orleans (Satchmo 1). The neighborhood Armstrong lived in was known as “The Battlefield”. Knife fights and gunplay were common,
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Armstrong was playing so well at the Lincoln gardens, he met Fletcher Henderson (Jazz from New Orleans 1). Taking her advice, he set out for New York City performing at Fletcher Henderson’s Black Swan Troubadours at the Roseland dance hall. (Jazz Stars 2) While he was there, he added the classic New Orleans sound the the sophisticated sound of the popular jazz. This amazed Henderson which allowed him to incorporate Louis Armstrong rhythmic improvisation. Armstrong became the best jazz soloist on Broadway (Louis Armstrong 1). He began to grow artistically and perfected his improvisational method (Jazz Stars 2). Dancer’s loved Henderson’s music making Louis Armstrong a celebrity so when he left his old band, this would be a step up. During this time, Armstrong taught the band how to swing. (Jazz From New Orleans …show more content…
After that Armstrong went on to tour the battlefields of World War II in Europe entertaining American troops (Jazz Stars 3). Louis Armstrong tried to play with larger bands throughout the thirties and forties but soon realized his style was better suited for a smaller band or ensemble. Armstrong created a band called “Louis Armstrong and the All Stars” with the help of his manager, Joe Glaser. His band was called the “All Stars” because it had some great people in it such as Jack Tegarden, Barney Bigard, Earl Hines, and Big Sid Catlett. Many people believed the forties would be a decline of Louis Armstrong’s playing, but they were wrong (Satchmo

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