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Louis Armstrong




Just like the writers and artists, African American music reached a new level of popularity. This music was in the form of spirituals, ragtime, jazz and blues and it could be heard in Harlem clubs at all hours of the night. One of these famous singers and musicians was Louis Armstrong. Louis Armstrong is widely recognized as the founding father of jazz and he developed a way of playing jazz as an instrumentalist and vocalist, which had an impact on all musicians to follow. Many of these musicians became influential figures; it is impossible to imagine American music without many of them.

picture of Louis Armstrong
Cotton Club
picture courtesy of Duke Ellington Centennial Celebration

Cotton club, one of many clubs that jazz musicians played at in Harlem.






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