The first autobiography of a jazz musician, Louis Armstrong's Swing That Music is a milestone in jazz literature. Armstrong wrote most of the biographical material, which is of a different nature and scope than that of his other, later autobiography, Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans (also published by Da Capo/Perseus Books Group). Satchmo covers in intimate detail Armstrong's life until his 1922 move to Chicago; but Swing That Music also covers his days on Chicago's South Side with "King" Oliver, his courtship and marriage to Lil Hardin, his 1929 move to New York, the formation of his own band, his European tours, and his international success. One of the most earnest justifications ever written for the new style of music then called "swing" but more broadly referred to as "Jazz," Swing That Music is a biography, a history, and an entertainment that really "swings."
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"Swing music" is the individual improvisations of the members of a band of the tune they are playing. Early masters of the art and their bands are recorded along with "Satehelmouth," Louis Armstrong and his rise to fame, from New Orleans, via showboating to Chicago, Hariem, and Europe. The section on special examples of "swing" on ten instruments, will be of interest to anyone following modern musical developments. Music section edited by Horace Gerlach. Examples contributed by "swing artists". (Kirkus Reviews)
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