Week 3 blog April
April is Jazz Appreciation Month and we are celebrating by highlighting one jazz tune each Friday. This week, we also are celebrating the Dirty Dozen Brass Band coming to Sioux Falls tonight at the Orpheum Theater.
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is from the birthplace of jazz—New Orleans, Louisiana, or NOLA for short! So decided to find a great New Orleans musician to feature.
New Orleans! Mardi Gras, parades, Dixieland jazz and the sites of Jackson Square, the Mississippi River, the French Quarter and the smells of shrimp creole and fresh fried beignets with powdered sugar. Can you say yum?
The one man who personifies that New Orleans feel and love of jazz is none other than the greatest jazz artist to carry this new jazz music around the world—Louis Armstrong.
He gave us the language of jazz when he made this new art form a music for soloists. His rhythms were impeccable and his smile was as well known as his trumpet playing. His singing changed popular music forever (literally) and shaped the future of singing for generations to come (literally).
He was “Satchmo” to fans and “Pops” to his friends, but to us, he is the best reason to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month. Enjoy “Stardust,” a song written by Hoagy Carmichael in 1927 and recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1931, it quickly became the most famous rendition of this classic song and transformed this sappy love song into an instant classic.
Click the link, close your eyes and hear a genius at work.
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