February is Black History Month and while many applaud well-known figures such as Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks, I think on a music icon who changed the shape of jazz music: Louis Armstrong. He was a man known for his raspy voice and his inventive trumpet playing. Unlike those who played before him, he would play his trumpet solo during a musical piece. In addition, his music crossed the colour barrier and encouraged non-blacks to listen to his brand of entertainment.
My introduction to Louis Armstrong came when I began dancing. Dancing the foxtrot to What A Wonderful World, I realised I enjoyed the melody. And when I heard his raspy voice, I was hooked:
Of course, I enjoyed the trumpet solos too that I heard in La Vie En Rose:
A love of Louis Armstrong’s music would have to include the number When the Saints go Marching in:
I enjoy listening to the jazz music from this era. The music is raw and unfettered by electronics.
Do you enjoy the music created by Louis Armstrong?
(This post was created in honour of the changes Louis Armstrong brought to Jazz, as well as a reference to something that I enjoy. Join Paula and other bloggers for her Thursday Special in which we highlight that which highlights our interpretation of the world.)
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014