March 04, 2023
African American Music History pt . 9 Internet Vol – 9 Satchmo
Since the 1920’s Louis Armstrong’s music has been apart of Americas African American Music History . His trumpet has been heard in many parts of the world including Africa .
History notes that in 1922 Louis Armstrong took the Mississippi northward to Chicago to join his trumpet mentor King Oliver who during that time was playing at the Royal Palm Gardens.
Sometime after that he went to work with Fletcher Henderson’s orchestra in New York . History records that in 1925 Armstrong returned to Chicago and latter joined Erskine Tate’s orchestra at a place called the Old Vendome Theater . Sometime during those years Armstrong was proclaimed the World’s Greatest Trumpeter .
After playing along with different artist Armstrong organized his own group called Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five . History notes that Armstrong played a series of engagements that took night clubs and after hour places by storm . Not much was noted for a length of time until research footnotes kept by a African American Music History buff indicate that Armstrong returned to New York to a place called Connie’s Inn .
History records that Louis Armstrong left Connie’s Inn and became a star of the Musical Hot Chocolates where he first introduced ” Ain’t Misbehaving . ” In 1933 Louis Armstrong made his first trip abroad and toured France , Italy , Switzerland, Norway , Holland , and England . There he played several command performances for King George VI .
When Armstrong returned from Europe in 1936 he made his motion picture debut in Pennies from Heaven . A few years after that he appeared in Everyday’s a Holiday , Going Places , and Cabin in the Sky . His recording career dates back from the middle twenties , and many of his records are collector items .
SoulTic Magazine salutes Louis Armstrong for his many contributions to our African American Music History .