First Discovery Music: Louis Armstrong
This illustrated biography of Louis Armstrong tells the life of the greatest jazz musician and singer of his age, and gives an introduction to his music. Born in New Orleans in 1901, Louis Armstrong loved the gospel singing he heard every week as a boy in his neighborhood church. He was also inspired by the marching bands and the musicians and singers who celebrated mardi gras in the streets, and performed at funerals and in the many cabarets. The trumpet was his favorite instrument, and he taught himself to play it. From his teenage years on, music was his life. He started as a professional musician playing on the Mississippi river boats before joining various bands. He soon established himself as the best musician of his generation, and at the age of 25 created his own jazz group—the Hot Five. Soon all of America would discover his other extraordinary talent—his unique deep singing voice. The book contains a CD with the narrative of the book and 14 highlights of Louis Armstrong recordings.
Just lovely! Illustrations and photos, engaging text about the life of the composer and interesting information about instruments and pieces they wrote are just lovely! Add in that you are listening to the music as you read and you have a lesson your kids won't soon forget. Colorful hardcover books have little notes to the reader about things to consider or to try such as listening to nature and thinking of it as a symphony or thinking about how emotions affect music and guessing the emotion behind a particular piece. Artists are always interesting folks, even back in the 1700s their lives were not always normal. I liked how the information is about the instruments and other musical instruction beyond the biographies. In the back is listed the CD content, each having about 11 songs. As you read, there is a note on the page of what number song on the CD corresponds. Books are 7.75"x 7.75" 28pp, hc ~Sara