By James Lincoln Collier
Louis Armstrong. "Satchmo." To hundreds of thousands of fanatics, he used to be only a nice entertainer. yet to jazz aficionados, he used to be the most vital musicians of our times--not just a key determine within the historical past of jazz yet a formative impact on all of 20th-century well known tune. Set opposed to the backdrop of recent Orleans, Chicago, and manhattan in the course of the "jazz age", Collier re-creates the saga of an old school black guy making it in a white international. He chronicles Armstrong's upward push as a musician, his scrapes with the legislations, his relationships with 4 better halves, and his widespread feuds with fellow musicians Earl Hines and Zutty Singleton. He additionally sheds new gentle on Armstrong's unending desire for approval, his streak of jealousy, and maybe most vital, what a few think about his betrayal of his present as he opted for advertisement luck and stardom. a special biography, a professional, insightful, and filled with details, it ends with Armstrong's dying in 1971 as one of many best-known figures in American entertainment.