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Creating the Jazz Solo – Louis Armstrong and Barbershop Harmony - University Press of Mississippi
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Creating the Jazz Solo: Louis Armstrong and Barbershop Harmony

Vic Hobson


Throughout his life, Louis Armstrong tried to explain how singing on the streets of New Orleans with a barbershop quartet was foundational to his musicianship. However, up to now, there has been no in-depth inquiry into what he meant when he said “I Figure Singing and Playing is the Same, “or “Singing was more into my blood than the trumpet.” This book shows that Armstrong understood exactly the relationship between what he sang and what he played, and that he meant these comments to be taken literally: he was singing through his horn. To describe the relationship between what Armstrong sang a ... More

Keywords: Armstrong, quartet, Jazz solo, Barbershop, New Orleans

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781496819772
Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496819772.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vic Hobson, author