The man with the golden trumpet, the quintessential jazzman, Louis Armstrong-Satchmo-was the father of so much that is jazz today. This book follows in his footsteps, from 1901, when he was born the grandson of a slave, to his death in 1971, and the beginning of his immortal fame. Evocative photography documents his early town-to-town travels, his celluloid years in Hollywood, his stints in Chicago, New York, and Paris, and his embrace of the Africa of his roots.
Year by year, here are his travels and awards, gigs and recordings, great times and protests. Comments by his admirers, among them Roy Eldridge and Diz, Earl Hines, Buck Clayton, Jean Renoir, Wynton Marsalis-and Satchmo himself- make this a spunky and reverent homage to one of the great creators of jazz.
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African tour American APRIL AUGUST Ballroom band Barney Bigard Basin Street Benny Goodman Billie Bing Crosby Carnegie Hall Carroll Dickerson Chicago Columbia CK Corona Cotton Club Cozy Cole DECEMBER Dizzy Gillespie drums Duke Ellington Earl Hines FEBRUARY Fletcher Henderson France Frank Sinatra gives a concert going Grace Kelly Harlem Hello Dolly High Society Hollywood Hot Five Hot Seven Hugues Panassie Jack Teagarden JANUARY jazz Jean JULY JUNE Kid Ory King Oliver Lionel Hampton lips listen Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong plays Louis plays Louis records Love Lucille Luis Russell Luis Russell orchestra MARCH min.With Music Louis Armstrong musicians Newport Festival night NOVEMBER OCTOBER OKeh Orleans parades Paramount Paris piano play the trumpet Saint Louis Blues Satchmo Savoy SEPTEMBER Short film sings solo songs Stars studio Sunset Cafe Theater town trombone trumpet trumpet player voice week West End Blues York young Zutty Singleton