The making of Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues – how the album came to be and what it meant to the legendary musician

The challenge of deciding the most popular pop culture icon of the 20th century isn’t an option to take on. But, if given the chance to pick, Louis Armstrong would be the best choice. He was one of the main movers of contemporary jazz and played an important role in its development into the form we know today. America’s tale of vibrant hopes and brutal oppression written in his bones–he turned his rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner into a fractured song of anger and pride long before Jimi Hendrix did. Being able to hear his unbeatable exuberant purr or hit one of his well-known sweet high notes is truly an exhilarating experience.

The C was his trumpet and he gave the details with an amiable knowledge that was fair. Through a career spanning more than two decades The world began to love Louis Armstrong, but he truly belonged to America–even if the country didn’t merit his. Sacha Jenkins’s enthralling documentary on Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues entwines Armstrong’s story with that of the time he shaped through the Jazz Age, through the Depression and the Civil Rights Movement, to the era of Vietnam as well as that of the Cold War.

This animated animation showcases the adoring home of Armstrong and Queens, Corona. Jenkins documentary series include the survey of hip-hop style Fresh Dressed along with *******’ The Sounds and Fury of Rick James which is from .

The wisdom of authors such as Stanley Crouch and Amiri Baraka along with the more modern trumpeter Wynton Marsalis have helped to bring light to the amazing talent of Louis Armstrong. Marsalis says that in spite of the pleas from his father, pianist , and educator Ellis Marsalis, it took some time to appreciate Armstrong’s talents; however, he was unable to be able to accept his style of conduct as an entertainer, which considered to be a type of Uncle Tom routine designed to pander to white folks.

Armstrong had it all. His talents in music were independent of his character as a performer. Armstrong was loved and respected around the world. Jenkins decided to use the live footage for the reason. Armstrong, as a young man, takes to the stage first in New Orleans, then later, in Chicago the city where his music career started off. The performance from “Mack The Knife” is a marvel of vocal phrasing. The lyrics appear to being soaring over the waters of his charming growl.

Armstrong was a singer and played the piano. It was his method to show his respect for his country , as well as his deep disappointment. A performer, entertainer and public figure, Armstrong both bestowed blessings and appreciated them. A TV clip from the era of the s features Armstrong with Peter Davis (an early music teacher) who describes his pupil’s talents. Both are standing side-by-side and it’s not possible to see who’s happier.


As you watch the video footage of Armstrong’s performances shows that he truly was an absolute expert in his field. Armstrong was a master of music and was able to engage with the audience unlike other musicians could. His warmth and personality are evident in each performance, making it easy to see why he was so respected and loved by fans throughout the world.

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