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Louis Armstrong


Steve Leggett describes Louis Armstrong as "perhaps the most important American musician of the 20th century."
  famous U.S. jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and singer (1900-1971)
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Armstrong was a foundational influence on jazz, shifting the music’s focus from collective improvisation to solo performers. With his distinctive gravelly voice, Armstrong was an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes. He was also greatly skilled at scat singing, or wordless vocalizing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Armstrong (retrieved 8/20/08)
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  • Steve Leggett describes Louis Armstrong as "perhaps the most important American musician of the 20th century."
  • Today, he said, they’d look for Louis Armstrong records and bring them home.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • I’d like to hear five recordings of Louis Armstrong playing and singing "What Did I Do to Be so Black and Blue"-all at the same time.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Recently the New York Times had reported the eerie Masonic ties of countless famous men-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Duke of Kent, Peter Sellers, Irving Berlin, Prince Philip, Louis Armstrong, as well as a pantheon of well-known modern-day industrialists and banking magnates.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons

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  • Nor does he understand jazz; the only jazz name he can come up with is Louis Armstrong, proving to Sonny that he’s hopelessly square.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • They’d already closed down most operations at Louis Armstrong International Airport.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • My father never mentioned Louis Armstrong, except to forbid us to play his records; but there was a picture of him on our wall for a long time.
    James Baldwin  --  Notes of a Native Son
  • I keep hearing Louis Armstrong saying, "Man, if ya gotta ask, you’ll never know.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • One wave of popularity for black idiom among whites came in the 1920s and 1930s, when it was cool for New Yorkers to go to Harlem to hear jazz greats like Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong but also the hepcat Cab Calloway, who created a ’Jive Talk Dictionary" in song, popularizing expressions such as hip (wise, sophisticated), in the groove (perfect), square (unhip), and chick (girl), or a hip chick (a beautiful girl).
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Perhaps I like Louis Armstrong because he’s made poetry out of being invisible.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man

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  • Then somehow I came out of it, ascending hastily from this underworld of sound to hear Louis Armstrong innocently asking, What did I do To be so black And blue?
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • He had been born in New Orleans and had been a quite young man there during the time that Louis Armstrong, a boy, was running errands for the dives and honky-tonks of what was always presented to me as one of the most wicked of cities—to this day, whenever I think of New Orleans, I also helplessly think of Sodom and Gomorrah.
    James Baldwin  --  Notes of a Native Son
  • And there’s still a conflict within me: With Louis Armstrong one half of me says, "Open the window and let the foul air out," while the other says, "It was good green corn before the harvest."
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
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