Jazz music is uniquely American, a blend of all the music immigrants brought to this country. New Orleans, Kansas City, and Chicago are the cities that are most identified with jazz, and now — yay! — I can add Corona to this list. Louis Armstrong moved to 34-56 107th St in Corona, Queens (that’s his house in the photo) in 1943 and lived there the rest of his life. His house is now a museum and you can visit it Tuesday through Sunday.
Pops. Sweet Papa Dip. Satchmo. [Louis Armstrong] had perfect pitch and perfect rhythm. His improvised melodies and singing could be as lofty as a moon flight or as low-down as the blood drops of a street thug dying in the gutter. Like most of the great innovators in jazz, he was a small man. But the extent of his influence across jazz, across American music and around the world has such continuing stature that he is one of the few who can easily be mentioned with Stravinsky, Picasso and Joyce. His life was the embodiment of one who moves from rags to riches, from anonymity to internationally imitated innovator. Louis Daniel Armstrong supplied revolutionary language that took on such pervasiveness that it became commonplace, like the light bulb, the airplane, the telephone.
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