Speaker:

Ted Dyer

Louis Armstrong: The Jazz Father of Us All

When Louis Armstrong left New Orleans for Chicago and New York in the 1920s, he took jazz music with him, imprinting it on the American cultural consciousness in a way that enabled F. Scott Fitzgerald to proclaim the entire decade to be The Jazz Age.  Louis quite simply changed everything.  He made jazz a soloists’ art and promptly became the first great jazz soloist; he infused this new music with harmonies of The Blues and made everybody want to do likewise; he taught the whole world to swing; and, finally, his many innovations, in orchestral form, became the basis for the music of The Swing Era. Join us to examine in audio and video the achievements of this amazing man.