Louis Armstrong - King of Jazz

Categories: Documentary, Biography, Music
50min | 2006



This DVD features a unique biography of Louis Armstrong, one of the greatest jazz musicians in history. Armstrong defined what it was to play jazz; his amazing technical abilities, the joy and spontaneity, and amazingly quick, inventive musical mind still dominate jazz to this day and only Charlie Parker comes close to having as much influence on the history of Jazz as Louis Armstrong did. As one of the first soloists on record, Armstrong was more responsible than anyone else for jazz changing from an ensemble-oriented folk music into an art form that emphasized inventive solo improvisations.

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Topics: Jazz, Louis Armstrong, Music Video, Black History, Musician
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J. Christopher
J. Christopher
January 24, 2014
C
Fine as a general overview of this great man's contribution but crap to watch.
dennis long
dennis long
December 21, 2013
A primer on an originator of modern popular music
Stephanie Sharis
Stephanie Sharis
August 20, 2013
A-
Jean Paul Fils-Aime
Jean Paul Fils-Aime
February 15, 2013
" Every tone was a testimony against slavery ".
Josephalan Fears
Josephalan Fears
January 21, 2013
if We Are Ever To Have Claimship Over Our True Culture? Then We Must First Know Them All, And respect Ourselves In The Meaning Of Who We Trully Are As A people.
Duane Deterville
Duane Deterville
January 13, 2013
The film commentator says, "...Whites called it (jazz) the music of Blacks and poor Blacks. This is a mistaken definition because a few years later it was considered to be the most important artistic and musical contribution to the 20th century." Why would the observation that Jazz is the music of Black people be rendered as a false definition simply because it is acknowledged as one of the most important artistic contributions to the 20th century? Jazz is the music of Black people. Created and advanced primarily by Africans in America AND it is arguably the most important artistic contribution to 20th century art aesthetics. One is not exclusive of the other.