Louis Armstrong is not just a name, not just a musician, he is a legend. He will never be forgotten. He is part of our world. Louis Armstrong was that man who made a huge contribution to the dissemination of such a musical direction as jazz. It is thanks to his talent of trumpeter and singer, personal charm and love for music, we are able to enjoy the unique compositions.
The genius of jazz was born in 1901 in one of the poorest areas of New Orleans. Armstrong’s family was, as it is now customary to say, dysfunctional – his mother worked as a washerwoman, and his father, a day laborer, abused alcohol. Childhood years of Louis Armstrong were very heavy; no one was involved in his upbringing. He grew up as a waif, and later Jewish immigrants from Lithuania, the Karnofskys, adopted the boy.
From early childhood, Armstrong earned his living – transported coal, sold newspapers and performed other small low-paying jobs. Once Louis decided to earn extra money by joining the street ensemble, at first as a vocalist, and later as a drummer.
In 1913, Armstrong got into penitentiary camp for teens for shooting on the street with a gun stolen from a police officer. There, a future legend received his first musical education; played clarinet and tambourine in the camp orchestra. Exactly in the camp Louis finally decided to connect his future life with music.
After the release, Louis Armstrong’s career gradually began to develop – useful acquaintances have contributed. First, Louis met with King Oliver, one of the greatest cornet players of New Orleans at the time, who took him under his wing. After a while, the young man met with a professional band leader Fats Mereybl, who taught Louis the basics of musical notation and took into his ensemble «Jazz-E-Sazz Band».
This work describes the further facts of life and musical achievements of the greatest musician Louis Armstrong.