Louis Armstrong, universally known as Satchmo, was born into extreme poverty in August, 1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana. His first contact with music was in a reformatory for abandoned children when he was admitted to the band for good behavior. Soon he learned to play the bugle, clarinet, horn, and began to familiarize himself with the trumpet from the informal lessons he received from jazz musician King Oliver. He never had a real music lesson and, until seventeen years old, lacked the money to buy his own musical instrument. Even though Armstrong did not learn to read music until he was over twenty, he was a musical genius and his talents were groundbreaking.
As matter of fact because of the massive European immigration, it brought a wave of Italians to Buenos Aires, most of them coming from Naples, evolving the Tango into a more lyrical version (Denniston) Besides the music, a driving force for Tango was the dance and at that time the dance introduced the Tango to the world. Due to the fact that the Argentine young men were being sent to study in Europe, they brought Tango to Europe. Because these young men from rich Argentine families were spending their time into brothels listening and dancing to Tango, eventually it became more common among this class to listen to Tango. Therefore, countries like France, fell in love with the dance now called “Tangomania”.
Music and the arts were heavily involved into Jonathan Larson’s life as a child and young adult. He was born February 4, 1961, in White Plains, New York, and was always musically inclined as a child. His parents found it vital to involve musical theatre into Jonathan and his sister Julie’s childhood. The Encyclopedia of World Biography states that “when Larson was a child; he was taken to see a children’s version of La Boheme, Giacomo Puccini’s opera about a group of struggling young artists or “Bohemians.” From that seed, the idea that would become Rent, slowly germinated over the next two decades” (Jonathan Larson). Growing up, Larson had several musical influences that shaped his specific music taste including Kurt Cobain, Liz Phair, Prince, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim.
He “immersed himself in the Bohemian Culture of Greenwich Village.” (St James). His first composition came after he visited Woodie Guthrie, his lifelong hero. He wrote a song called “Song to Woody.” He sang at coffeehouses before landing a regular gig at Gerde’s Folk City on West Fourth Street. In 1961, Columbia Records business manager Roy Silver saw Dylan performing and gave him a record deal. A year later,
Frank Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915, in Hoboken, New Jersey. He wanted to become a singer after he watched Bing Crosby. He performed in local nightclubs. He was approached by Tommy Dorsey to join a band he accepted joined in a band. After two good years in the band, he left the band to start his solo career.
While in New York, Armstrong made dozens of records as a sideman, creating inspirational jazz and backup singing for many blues singers. Moreover, he had records as a soloist including "Cornet Chop Suey" and "Potato Head Blues." These solos changed jazz history, by incorporating daring rhythm choices, swing and high notes on cornet(Source B). Furthermore, in 1926, Armstrong finally switched from the cornet to the trumpet. After 1926, Louis became more and more famous and broke more and more barriers through his music.
Professor of dance studies at the University of Buffalo, Ariel Nereson, claims that Hamilton is reminiscent of traditional Broadway in that he centers the story around the city of New York, a place well known for its Broadway scene. This is explicit in lyrics such as “In New York you can be a new man” in the opening song “Alexander Hamilton.” It also ties the idea of celebrating the importance of diversity with the time that Broadway became popular in New York, when the children of immigrants were “emerging as the city’s demographically and culturally dominant group” (Kasinitz, 3). Additionally, though there is much emphasis put on the use of modern sounds, the musical itself still follows the structure that most other Broadway musicals have always followed. The songs themselves have reprises later on in the show, a signature trait of classic musicals. Not only does Miranda allude to historic events (outside of the musical as well as inside) but the musical itself is brimming with allusions to past popular R&B and hip-hop artists.
Just one year later the theater became the resident dance company at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. Since Ailey was having problems with his weight he gave up dancing in favor of choreographing. Judith Jamison joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1965 and quickly became an international star. Over the next 15 years, Mr. Ailey created some of his most enduring roles for her, most notably the tour-de-force solo Cry .Ms. Jamison continues to dedicate herself to asserting the prominence of the arts in our culture, and she remains committed to promoting the significance of the Ailey legacy – using dance as a medium for honoring the past, celebrating the present and fearlessly reaching into the future.
Back in the days before national media, one of the best ways for a politico to reach the common man was through catchy tunes sung at bars and parties. So while second president John Adams was campaigning for reelection against Thomas Jefferson in 1800, he borrowed the old Anacreon tune for a propaganda poem called “Adams and Liberty.” The poem
In April of 1925 Langston Hughes’ poem “The Weary Blues” won him his first prize for poetry. It was from The Opportunity magazine’s literary contest. Langston decides to go back to university at the HBCU Lincoln University in Pennsylvania where he later graduated from in 1929. With the help of his sponsor, Charlotte Manson, Langston Hughes goes to Cuba where he sparks Nicolás Guillén to introduce Negro Poems to Cuba. Without the support of his sponsor, Langston Hughes returns back to the states and takes up playwriting at Hedgerow Theater.
America brought forth the music class, jazz, yet Paris was the first to hail it as a craftsmanship. War-weary and hungry for diversion, the citizens in the 1920s and 1930s embraced this new musical form. Performers such as outcast creators, cutting edge experts, flappers, and socialites focalized on the clubs and men 's clubs where jazz ruled. As jazz advanced, it got to be connected with current developments in expressions of the human experience and acclaimed as the sound of the twentieth century. Paris respected the United States infantry groups that played all through Europe amid World War I.
Charles Christopher Parker Jr. was born on August 29, 1920, in Kansas City, Kansas. He moved with his parent to Missouri in 1927. As a teenager Charles discovered his musical talent through public school. He began playing the saxophone when he was thirteen, quitting school when he was fifteen to become a full time musician with the alto saxophone. During the years 1935-1939, Charles played in many nightclubs with other local jazz and blue bands touring Chicago and New York (Charlie Parker Biography).
The young pianist and leader of his own jazz band moved to Los Angeles in 1948, and started experimenting with arranging tunes, showing his beginnings in composing music. At age 15, Williams determined he was going to become a concert pianist and at age 19, he premiered his first original composition. John’s high school education took place in North Hollywood High School, where he graduated in 1950, and later he attended both UCLA and the Los Angeles City College to study orchestration under MGM musical associate Robert Van Eps. To keep his musical spirit alive, Williams began getting privately tutored by composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, until conducting for the first time during three years with the U.S. Air Force. After John Williams’s service, he attended Julliard in New York, where renowned piano pedagogue Madame Rosina Lhevinne helped Williams hone his performance skills.
There he studied pre-divinity in 1944. While he was in college he got into a lot of plays and musicals and graduated with a degree in music. In school he was always a shy person at first if he didn 't know you but he was still very smart. Once Andy Griffith graduated from Unc he taught high school music for 3 years. Then he met Barbara Edwards his first wife who also graduated with a degree in music from Unc.
Louis Jordan also known as the father of R&B or the “king of jukebox” and some people call him the son of Arkansas. He was born on July 8th,1908 and raised in Brinkley, Arkansas. His father was Jim Jordan, a bandleader and music teacher.His mother Adell died when he was very young. He learned the clarinet under the authority of his father at the age of seven. When they were walking past a music store he spotted a saxophone and he saved up money to buy it.