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West End Blues - Louis Armstrong

West End Blues

Satchmo
jazz classic jazz new orleans jazz blues louis armstrong


Everyday, somewhere, a trumpet or cornet player tries to render an emulation of Louis Armstrong playing the West End Blues. The version featured here is one of the older examples of Louis Armstrong playing the tune, probably with his Hot Seven in the 1930's. Louis used the tune regularly in concerts. It is his introduction and first chorus are copied verbatim by better practioners of traditional New Orleans Jazz in the US and around the world making this likely the most emulated jazzwork of all time so far. The West End Blues is often accredited to Joe "King" Oliver. King Oliver also was responsible for encouraging a young Louis Armstrong to follow him from New Orleans to Chicago. That move helped bring Armstrong to national attention long before the Twenties were over. Louis recorded the West End Blues several times during his career. A good example of a mature Sachmo playing the tune can be found on the Columbia Ambasador Satch LP/CD. arthurwatalltel


Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 - July 6, 1971) nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an inventive trumpet and cornet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance. With his instantly-recognizable gravelly voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser Show more ...

West End Blues - Louis Armstrong

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