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LOUIS ARMSTRONG TIMELINE Louis Armstrongs was born Aug 4 1901 He grew up in New Orleans and received his first music instruction in 1913 in a childrens home By 1915 he was sitting in with local bands He went to Chicago to join King Oliver in 1922 and made his first records with Oliver the the next April Chimes Blues Though Chicago would be his base for the next 12 years he went to New York for the first time in September 1924 to join Fletcher Hendersons band and record with various blues singers including Bessie Smith Clarence Williams and Sidney Bechet In November 1925 he went back to Chicago where he began recording under his own name and building the core work which his reputation as a major entertainer would forever rest These included the Hot Five and Hot Seven sessions and the early years of big band records from 1929 to 1934 During this period his trumpet style went from powerful New Orleans ensemble lead into a solo voice whose majesty seemed to soar with a voracious and ravenous splendor In 1929 Armstrong began recording popular songs In songs such as Stardust Sweethearts On Parade Lazy River and many others he helped lay the basis for the joining of jazz and popular music in the 30s and set the standards in which such players as Red Allen Harry James Roy Eldridge Taft Jordan Bunny Berigan Dizzy Gillespie and others would work for the next 10 to 15 years By the mid-1930s as the swing era began and Armstrong took to performing a more settled show the period of greatness in his career came to an end His key solos took on an unchanging form and a long recording association with Decca Records began There would be updated arrangements of early pieces many of them outstanding but no new musical breakthroughs The personality of Armstrongs performance now came forward in radio recordings with other
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