Why Is Louis Armstrong Important

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The year is 1954. You have arrived to one of the most grand occasions of the year, dressed in your fanciest attire with a hundred watt smile gracing your lips. You feel butterflies in your stomach as you take your seat. The lights dim, and the velvet curtains slide open.

The melodious tune of a trumpet fills your ears and you look onto the stage to see the man, the legend...Louis Armstrong.

Today, Louis Armstrong holds the title as the world’s greatest jazz player. His rise to fame peaked in the 1920s, where he stunned the world with his bold trumpet style and idiosyncratic vocals. Coupled with his astonishing performing skills and charismatic stage presence, Armstrong took the world by storm and popularized jazz as we know it today. His
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Within a span of three years, Armstrong recorded over sixty records. These records later went on to become the most influential in jazz history, as it was the first time Armstrong facilitated the evolution of jazz as a ensemble to a soloist art. Because of Armstrong’s brilliance, his records such as “Cornet Chop Suey” and “Potato Head Blues” are esteemed because of his risky rhythmic choices and high notes. Another one of Armstrong’s notable qualities, “scat singing” (wordless singing/mummering) was also popularized during this …show more content…
Despite failing to make a new record for two years, Armstrong remained a fan favorite. However, conditions changed when he was requested to record the title number of a broadway show that went on to become a hit. In 16967, Armstrong recorded his most renowned tune, “What a Wonderful Word” that surprisingly featured no trumpet.
The Last Days of Louis
Armstrong quit performances in 1969 due to kidney issues, and the recent death of his friend and manager, Joe Glaser. When he mustered the strength to continue performances with the trumpet at shows in New York, Washington, and Las Vegas a year later, Armstrong was affected by another heart attack that put him on bedrest for two months. In May 1971, while soundly asleep in Queens, New York, Armstrong passed in his sleep.
Louis Lives On
Today, Louis Armstrong remains a household name and symbol in Jazz. There are multiple brilliant artists who pay homage to him, as well as an abundant series of documentaries and biographies that make clear Armstrong’s great contributions to society in terms of civil rights and equal opportunity. As an African American male who thrived in a segregated society despite all the social tension, Armstrong symbolizes the civil rights struggle that was dangerously engrained in the America that he made his

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