Biography Collier LOUIS ARMSTRONG

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LOUIS ARMSTRONG

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A biography of one of America's most important musicians, who was born in extreme poverty and never had a real music lesson, but became world famous for his singing and trumpet playing.

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Grade 5 Up This biography of the trumpet great gives an intelligent description of the rise and development of jazz. Collier makes clear points about the relationships between blacks and whites in America, about commercialism and exploitation. Armstrong's struggle to the top is traced in well-placed detail from his poverty in a New Orleans neighborhood of tough honky-tonks, where he first hears the music that eventually carries him to Europe and the White House. His musical growth, from crude mellophone in the Colored Waif's Home to cornet in the cabarets of Chicago, from the ensemble syncopation of New Orleans jazz to the emotionally developed "West End Blues," tells the story of this American music and the industry that surrounds itan industry whose management excluded black performers while using their talent. Armstrong's brilliance is made clear throughout each episode, each musical era, as he moves above and beyond hardship and years of changing popular music taste. Musical vocabulary is well explained. Clarissa Erwin, Clifton Public Library, N.J.
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