Louis, the Louis Armstrong Story, 1900-1971

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Da Capo Press, 1971 - Biography & Autobiography - 302 pages
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As trumpet player and singer, Louis Armstrong is the single most inportant figure in jazz history, and one of the most influential musicians - in any category - in this century. he was also, as this book relates, a wonderful character - actor, clown, raconteur, a tough kid when he came to Chicago from New Orleans who mellowed into one of the music's true staresmen. This biography includes not a gripping narrative written by two of the most reliable jazz historians, but also a chronology, film list, and selection of photos. He was the most beloved of jazz musicians, a hero to everyone from Eddie Condon and Booby Hackett to Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman.
  

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Contents

Letter from Louis
15
Playing That Lead
34
Everybody from New Orleans Can Do That Thing
64
Big Apple and Back
92
Just Glad to Play
106
Days of the Vipers
125
Sweet Sunny South
139
Louis in Britain
157
Louis the European
172
Swing That Music
188
Arkansas and Africa
203
Louisiana 1 The Man
213
Satchmo Says
232
Louis on Record
247
Travellin Man
287
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About the author (1971)

Max Jones (1920?1993) wrote and broadcast about jazz from 1942 to his death. In the 1940s he co-founded Jazz Music, and he was the principal jazz contributor to the British magazine Melody Maker for forty years. A professional trumpeter and jazz writer, John Chilton is the author of Billie's Blues, Who's Who of Jazz, and with Max Jones, Louis: The Louis Armstrong Story.

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