The Great Louis Armstrong

Floyd Levin

in Classic Jazz

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780520213609
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928985 | DOI:
The Great Louis Armstrong

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This chapter discusses Louis Armstrong and the various phases during his long and illustrious career as jazz's first and greatest celebrity. It begins with a section on his early recordings during the Big-Band Era, which stand out as some of the finest of his long career. It then notes that Armstrong was considered as an unofficial ambassador of good will for the United States. The final part of the chapter contains the author's recollection of his visit to Armstrong's funeral.

Keywords: Louis Armstrong; early recordings; Big-Band Era; ambassador of good will

Chapter.  4430 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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