Louis Armstrong’s first cornet was given to him by Joe “King” Oliver, a bandleader, who was Armstrong’s idol and mentor. Armstrong began performing in musical clubs of “Black Storyville” in New Orleans with the likes of King Oliver and trombonist Kid Ory. In 1919 when King Oliver made his way to Chicago, Armstrong took over his position in Ory’s band. It would only be 4 years later that King Oliver would ask Armstrong to come to Chicago to play in his Creole Jazz band, by this point Armstrong was an accomplished musician who had made it known that New Orleans was the epicenter of jazz in
The environment and everything about Chicago was entirely different than his hometown of Greenville. He took the next flight out to South Carolina, while Gayla and Eva stayed behind for a few weeks before moving with him. While they were all in the same state again, they both began adjusting back to their lives in South Carolina. In the mid 1970s, they had another child, Lynda, and moved to
When Dylan entered his teenage years, he began listening to rock and roll. Throughout Dylan’s high school years, he formed multiple different sounding bands that often played at his high school talent shows and were influenced by Elvis and Little Richard. In the late nineteen fifties Dylan moved to Minneapolis to attend the University of Minnesota, often performing at a coffee shop on campus. When he attended university, he happened to change his name from “Robert Allen Zimmerman”, to ‘Bob Dylan”, even crediting his name to one of his favorite poets, “Dylan Thomas”. His aspiration of entering the music industry originally crossed his mind in college.
Amy has always been encompassed in music, surrounded by uncles on her mother’s side that were jazz musicians, her father, a former singer, and her grandmother was once in a relationship with Ronnie Scott, a jazz musician. By the time Winehouse was 12, she was enrolled in the esteemed Sylvia Young Theatre School, where a fellow classmate passed along a tape of her singing to his music label, which eventually led to Winehouse getting signed to Island/Universal. That same year, “Winehouse was expelled for ‘not applying herself’ and piercing her nose”(Biography.com 1). Winehouse’s professional career began when she released her first album, “Frank”, in 2003. For this, “the album was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize as well as two BRIT awards for Best Female Solo Artist and Best Urban Act.
The first two that I mentioned, Balanchine and Kirstein were the founders of the New York City Ballet. George Balanchine was originally born in St. Petersburg, Russia and was invited by the young American patron and support of the formation of a new American dance academy of ballet was Lincoln Kirstein. Mr. Balanchine was one of the last great choreographers under Sergei Diaghilev in the Ballet Russes. He suffered a knee injury In 1934 at the age of 29. Lincoln Kirstein sent for him and he came to America and they opened a school called the School of American Ballet in New York City.
Like most great minds, Gershwin dropped out of school only at the age of fifteen and began to pursue his talent full time. Even at this young of an age, Gershwin was writing pieces for other piano players and playing in Jazz clubs in the early 20th century
He played different than popular trumpeters at the time, developing Davis’ style. He got his start when Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker had a sick band member so they asked Miles to join them onstage at the young age of seventeen. After that he became a student at Juilliard school of arts.
Born in Washington D.C. in April 29, 1899, Edward Kennedy Ellington began studying piano at the young age of seven. His childhood friends gave the him the nickname of “Duke” because of his elegant and flashy sense of style. He studied the arts in high school, even earning a scholarship to the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, which he declined. He gave up the fine arts in favor of a career in music. By 1919, Duke played in a small band called the Washingtonians.
American novelist, poet, and playwright Langston Hughes was born in Joplin Missouri in February 1902. Soon after he was born, his parents separated, and his father moved away to Mexico. He was raised by his maternal grandmother, until her death. After she died, he began to write poetry and Walt Whitman and Carl Sandburg were major early influences in his work. After he graduated from high school in 1920 Hughes spent the next year with his father in Mexico.
i meet people that lived in a commune in central California, I stayed there for a few weeks while I started to plan to save up to and move to Europe. A guy at the commune asked me if I wanted to stay with him in his teepee up in the mountains of sacramento so I took him up on his offer. Living in a teepee was strange and interesting at the same time, but I left after a few weeks not to overstay my visit. “Are you guys all American Citizens”, I watched as my friend Randy and my French girlfriend Charlotte and I all lied and said yes. This is the story of how I crossed the border illegally with a guy I just meet and my girlfriend.