Louis Armstrong Influence

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Before talking in detail about Louis Armstrong and the development of jazz music, there is a quote from Wynton Marsalis that portray how important Armstrong and his performances to the development of Jazz music. “Louis Armstrong is Jazz. He represents what the music is all about.”- Wynton Marsalis (“Louis”). In 1929, Armstrong recorded “(What Did I Do To Be So) Black and Blue.” It illustrates the characteristic of Jazz with some primary innovation and Armstrong also advocates against racial discrimination (“Telchroew”). Who does not know Jazz? This music was created in New Orleans in the early twentieth century. Ragtime and washboard bands significantly influenced jazz. Before the 1920s, Jazz was performed only by orchestra, which no one solo musician performed in the arrangement. Jazz was also generally perceived as an urban…show more content…
They produced this song based on a request from New York gangster, DutchSchultz who was willing to show this song in a nightclub that full of rich white people. African American, Hot Chocolates, performed this song. It was sung by a black woman who tried to tell, “colored girl singing about how hard it is to be black” (“Discrimination”). The intention of the song was to allow white people to laugh at black people misery. In Armstrong’s version, “(What Did I Do To Be So) Black and Blue became an anthem to protest against racial discrimination (“LOUIS”). Armstrong packed the new version by altering some lyrics that brought a significant shift of meaning. In the first couplet, “Cold empty bed…springs hard as lead. Feel like old Ned…wished I was dead. What did I do…to be so black and blue” (“(What”). The first verse clearly portrayed about an unfortunate life. “Cold empty bed” depicted the situation of colored people at that moment. “Black and blue” described the injustice treatment by another race

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