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Louis Armstrong and the Great Migration

Charles Hiroshi Garrett

in Struggling to Define a Nation

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780520254862
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942820 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520254862.003.0004
Louis Armstrong and the Great Migration

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This chapter looks at how American music making has been formed by internal migration, particularly the Great Migration, focusing on Louis Armstrong, a jazz performer and one of the most celebrated migrants. It studies Armstrong's music mainly in terms of the meanings that it offered to his fellow African American migrants. The chapter shows that Armstrong's “Gully Low Blues” is proof that cultural tensions do not need to emerge as conflicted and fractured, but may instead bring forth triumph and hope.

Keywords: American music making; Great Migration; Louis Armstrong; African American migrants; cultural tensions; Gully Low Blues

Chapter.  16532 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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