Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans

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Da Capo Press, 1986 - Biography & Autobiography - 234 pages
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”In all my whole career the Brick House was one of the toughest joints I ever played in. It was the honky-tonk where levee workers would congregate every Saturday night and trade with the gals who’d stroll up and down the floor and the bar. Those guys would drink and fight one another like circle saws. Bottles would come flying over the bandstand like crazy, and there was lots of just plain common shooting and cutting. But somehow all that jive didn’t faze me at all, I was so happy to have some place to blow my horn.” So says Louis Armstrong, a tough kid who just happened to be a musical genius, about one of the places where he performed and grew up. This raucous, rich tale of his early days in New Orleans concludes with his departure to Chicago at twenty-one to play with his boyhood idol King Oliver, and tells the story of a life that began, mythically, on July 4, 1900, in the city that sowed the seeds of jazz.

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User Review  - keylawk - LibraryThing

Although school systems did nothing for the man, and he grew up in appalling poverty, Armstrong became a great trumpeter and "entertainer". He became rich without hurting anyone. (His competitor, the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Luke Dombroski - Goodreads

A FANTASTIC book. I do play trumpet ad love Armstrong, and the detail and love woven into this story gives a side to Armstrong that's very like-able and funny. A must-read for any Satchmo fan. Read full review


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Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong is considered one of the most innovative American jazz trumpeters of his era and one of the great ambassadors of American jazz. Armstrong began his career in New Orleans, where, as a young boy, he was a street singer and learned to play the trumpet. In 1922 he moved to Chicago and joined the jazz orchestra of Joe "King" Oliver. He quickly became noted for his improvisational style and raised the importance of solo performances in jazz. By the late 1920s, Armstrong led his own jazz ensemble, called the Louis Armstrong Hot Five, which later became the Hot Seven. As he gained in popularity, Armstrong made numerous recordings and performed around the world. He had a number of hit records, including "Hello, Dolly" and "Mack the Knife." He also appeared in Broadway shows and in films. His raspy baritone voice and brilliant trumpet playing combined to make an unforgettable musical sound.

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