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Tribute to Louis Armstrong

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Stephen Bulla

Medley arranged by Stephen Bulla

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Original Medium: Jazz band
Publisher: U.S. Marine Band
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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American trumpeter, singer, and actor Louis Armstrong was one of the most influential figures in American jazz in the twentieth century and enjoyed a remarkable career that spanned five decades, from the 1920s to the 1960s. Armstrong was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, and came to prominence in the 1920s as an innovative soloist and improviser. His career spanned several important eras in the evolution of jazz, and his special talent was instrumental in developing the ragtimes and stomps of early jazz into more sophisticated styles such as the blues. As a singer Armstrong was instantly recognizable for his deep, gravelly voice, and he was equally gifted as a singing improviser, becoming well known for his unique abilities at “scat singing.” Armstrong’s charisma on stage and screen matched his musical skills, and by the end of his career in the 1960s, his musical influence had reached beyond jazz and into popular music and culture. He was one of first African-American musicians to achieve national fame in America and eventually across the globe.

The Marine Band’s tribute to this legendary musician includes six of Armstrong’s best-loved songs that he frequently performed on trumpet. The medley opens with West End Blues, a tune that Armstrong recorded with his famous Hot Five studio band, and continues with Hotter Than That, Struttin’ With Some Barbeque, I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues, the Dixieland tune Cornet Chop Suey with its iconic stop-time solo, and closes with the late classic Skokiaan.

- Program Note from United States Marine Band concert program, 19 May 2019 (Iwakuni, Japan)


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  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor; Daniel Orban, trumpet) – 19 May 2019 (Iwakuni, Japan)

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