Djazz: Story of Jazz

by Janelle Clark

Louis Armstrong

  • Captured the essence of American culture and Jazz through his music.
  • The Great Migration brought innovators and creators to the North, some to the bustling scene of New York and some, like Louis Armstrong, to Chicago.
  • The range he had was longer and higher than other trumpet players
  • In 1925 he went to play with the Fletcher Henderson New York Orchestra

New Orleans

  • A cosmopolitan of cultures that contributed to the thriving social, cultural, and economy scene at the time.
  • The music, already fluid and fabulous at the time, became more diverse because of the melting pot of society that NOLA held.

“Jelly Roll” Morton 1915

In 1917, 5 years before black people were allowed/able to record their own records, The Dixieland Jazz Band recorded the first record.

Jazz is what put the roar into the ‘Roaring Twenties’. The era, already ringing in a cataclysm of artistic change, called to many industry workers and entertainers.

A Melodic Line Player

Dixie LOVED Louis

A Pianist who applied the musicality and style that Armstrong did to the trumpet, to the piano.


Musical Term 

Stride Piano

The Charleston Dance

Boogie Woogie Piano/ Jazz in the 1940s


Melodic line player

Tenor saxophone


Locations and Events 

The Great Migration

Harlem’s Cotton Club


New York City

Harlem Renaissance

Kansas City


Louis Armstrong (Trumpet)

Charles ‘Buddy’ Bolden(Piano)

Duke Ellington (Vocals)

Bennie Moten’s Orchestra (Kansas City)

Mary Lou Williams (Piano)

Charlie Parker(Saxophone)

Coleman Hawkins (Saxophone)


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