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American Myth
American Myth

Louis Armstrong: American Myth, American Master

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ouis Armstrong was the greatest jazz musician of all time. He dazzled audiences with his stunning high notes, gorgeous melodies and soul-stirring rhythms. Ground-breaking recordings such as “West End Blues” changed the face of music. But by all accounts, his live performances were even more amazing. Both as a trumpet player and a singer, Armstrong routinely performed musical feats that no other musician could match. His charismatic stage presence and daring improvisations cemented his status as an American master.

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n this research paper, I attempt to trace the history of Louis Armstrong’s musical development, beginning with his early years in New Orleans, on through to his life on the road as a traveling musician, and, finally, to his last years in New York.

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hanged the face of music
Ground-breaking recordings such as “West End Blues” changed the face of music. But by all accounts, his live performances were even more amazing. Both as a trumpet player and a singer, Armstrong routinely performed musical feats that no other musician could match. His charismatic stage presence and daring improvisations cemented his status as an American master.

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hildhood in New Orleans
Louis Armstrong born in New Orleans in 1901. His family was extremely poor, so poor that young Louis had to work from a very early age in order to help put food on the table. [Add more about Louis Armstrong’s early life in New Orleans.

First Cornet
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oung Louis was surrounded by music in New Orleans. Dance halls and street prades featured a host of talented musicians, from which he could learn a great deal. However, he might not have become a truly disciplined musician without the guidance of several teachers he encountered at a school for poor boys. At school, he played the cornet seriously for the first time. [Add more about his early years as a cornet player.

Early Career
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fter he left...
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