Louis Armstrong is one of the essential fathers of American music, his trumpet and vocal style permanently altering the course of popular music in the United States and around the world.

This semester we trace his path through from the streets of New Orleans to Chicago and New York City; from his apprenticeship with King Oliver and His Creole Jazz Band through his landmark Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings and his early solo work with his extraordinary re-imagining of popular hits. We’ll compare Armstrong’s work to the work of important contemporaries — Jelly Roll Morton, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, various New Orleans bands — and explore the story of how Armstrong navigated the legacies of racial inequality and the various cultural forces of his time to become one of the most iconic figures in the history of American culture.

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  • The World of Music I — Louis Armstrong and Jazz in the 1920s

    First Session: Tue, May 24, 2016, 12:30 pm - 2:10 pm

    Instructor: Louis Rosen  show bio

    Louis Rosen is a composer, lyricist, author, performer and teacher. Albums of his songs include his solo debut, Time Was; three CDs with Capathia Jenkins: The Ache of Possibility; One Ounce of Truth (The Nikki Giovanni Songs); South Side Stories, and the forthcoming Dream Suite: Songs in Jazz and Blues on poems by Langston Hughes. Musical Theater: Book of the Night; A Child’s Garden; and most recently, an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s The Pearl. Selected other compositions: Twelve Songs on Poems by Maya Angelou; A Child’s Garden Song Suite; It Is Still Dark: Songs of Exile; Five Riversongs; music for thirty theatrical productions, on and off Broadway and around the country, and many concert suites drawn from these scores, including Act One: a Suite in Six Parts for sol...for full instructor biography and other classes taught by this instructor, click here

    Day(s): Tuesday

    Sessions: 7

    Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

    Room: S251, 2nd Fl, S Bldg

    Price: from $225.00

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