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Louis Armstrong - Jazz Musician - is remembered as a towering influence

Louis Armstrong: Jazz Trumpet Player - Singer

Louis Armstrong is remembered as a towering influence in the community of music lovers. He was born August 4, 1901. Nicknamed Satchmo, Satch or Pops. Known as an American jazz trumpeter, composer, and singer, Louis also was an occasional actor. His career covered five decades from the early 1920s to the 1960s.

By virtue of the content of his character, Armstrong was one of the first African-American entertainers to cross the skin color divide that existed in America at the time. To the dismay of many, he avoided publically politicizing his race but stood up for the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock.

By 1920, a younger generation of players, born after 1900, was emerging, and one name above all others began to be mentioned after 1918 when he first started appearing with Kid Ory's band: a talented trumpeter named Louis Armstrong.

The year 1928 was Armstrong's last full one in Chicago before he moved to New York, an…

Ornette Coleman - Jazz Musician - until he was dismissed for improvising during "The Washington Post"

Ornette Coleman - Jazz Saxophonist - Musician
Ornette Coleman was born in 1930 in Fort Worth, Texas, where he was also raised. He attended I.M. Terrell High School, where he participated in the band until he was dismissed for improvising during "The Washington Post.

In the list of jazz innovators, Coleman belongs alongside Armstrong, Parker, Gillespie, Davis, and Coltrane. A softly spoken gentle-man, he has passionate, vocal intensity in his playing that connects directly back to the African-American race consciousness described by Henry F. Gilbert in 1917, and which owes much of his upbringing in the deeply segregated town of Fort Worth, Texas in the 1930s and 1940s.

During this period, it was still believed that to touch the head of a black man brought good luck, and Southern whites would think nothing of walking up to even the best dressed black citizen, lifting his hat, and rubbing his head.

Ornette Coleman was saxophonist with The Fabulous Paul Bley Quintet that recorded th…