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Louis Armstrong

Books:1. Who was Louis Armstrong? by Yona McDonough2. If I Only had a Horn by Roxane Orgill

Louis Armstrong was born into a very poor family in New Orleans, Louisianna. He dropped out of school at the age of 11 to help his family out. To do so, he delivered papers, sand on street corners, hauled coal, cleaned graves, and worked on wagons. While workig around town he was introduced to many types of music. The music that surrounded him soon became his inspiration. Armstrong was a natural musician who was able to teach himself how to play the cornet. He recieved his first music lesson when he was a teenager, at the Colored Waif's Home for Boys. He stayed at the home for over a year as a result of shooting blanks into the air one New Year's Eve. After leaving the Home for Boys, he began playing at funerals, parades, and small clubs. At one of the clubs, Armstrong captured the attention of Joe "King" Oliver, who was a popular trumpet player at the time. Joe "King" Oliver took young Armstrong under his wing. With Oliver's help, Armstong was able to get a job on a riverboat. After a year on the riverboat, Oliver invited him to play in his band. At this point, Armstrong became his career of recording and performing music professionally.

Early Life of Louis Armstrong

Standard:SS5H4 The student will describe U.S. involvement in World War I and post-World War I Americab. Describe the cultural developments and individual contributions in the 1920s of the Jazz Age (Louis Armstrong)

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Louis Armstrong(August 4,1901 - July 6, 1971)

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