A report on Lil Hardin Armstrong

Armstrong's grave (top row, third from left) at Lincoln Cemetery
Armstrong during her visit to Israel, April 1959

Jazz pianist, composer, arranger, singer, and bandleader.

- Lil Hardin Armstrong

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Music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, Louisiana in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with its roots in blues and ragtime.

Music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, Louisiana in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with its roots in blues and ragtime.

American jazz composer, lyricist, and pianist Eubie Blake made an early contribution to the genre's etymology
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Ethel Waters sang "Stormy Weather" at the Cotton Club.
Al Jolson in 1929
Dance in Congo Square in the late 1700s, artist's conception by E. W. Kemble from a century later
In the late 18th-century painting The Old Plantation, African-Americans dance to banjo and percussion.
The blackface Virginia Minstrels in 1843, featuring tambourine, fiddle, banjo and bones
Scott Joplin in 1903
W. C. Handy at 19, 1892
The Bolden Band around 1905
Jelly Roll Morton, in Los Angeles, California, c. 1917 or 1918
The King & Carter Jazzing Orchestra photographed in Houston, Texas, January 1921
Louis Armstrong began his career in New Orleans and became one of jazz's most recognizable performers.
Benny Goodman (1943)
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The "classic quintet": Charlie Parker, Tommy Potter, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Max Roach performing at Three Deuces in New York City. Photograph by William P. Gottlieb (August 1947), Library of Congress.
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Dizzy Gillespie, 1955
Mongo Santamaria (1969)
Art Blakey (1973)
John Coltrane, 1963
Peter Brötzmann is a key figure in European free jazz.
Naná Vasconcelos playing the Afro-Brazilian Berimbau
Randy Weston
C pentatonic scale beginning on the I (C pentatonic), IV (F pentatonic), and V (G pentatonic) steps of the scale.
V pentatonic scale over II–V–I chord progression
Fusion trumpeter Miles Davis in 1989
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John Zorn performing in 2006
Steve Coleman in Paris, July 2004

Although Betty Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, Adelaide Hall, Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln, Anita O'Day, Dinah Washington, and Ethel Waters were recognized for their vocal talent, less familiar were bandleaders, composers, and instrumentalists such as pianist Lil Hardin Armstrong, trumpeter Valaida Snow, and songwriters Irene Higginbotham and Dorothy Fields.

Armstrong in 1953

Louis Armstrong

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American trumpeter and vocalist.

American trumpeter and vocalist.

Armstrong in 1953
Louis Armstrong (2002), hand-colored etching by Adi Holzer
Armstrong with his first trumpet instructor, Peter Davis, in 1965
Armstrong was a member of Fate Marable's New Orleans Band in 1918, here on board the S.S. Sidney
"Heebie Jeebies" by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five
Photo of Armstrong in 1936
Armstrong in 1953
Armstrong in 1955
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Record of Armstrong's visit to Brazil, 1957.
Armstrong with Lucille Wilson (c. 1960s)
Armstrong in Belgium in 1952
Autograph of Armstrong on the muretto of Alassio
Selmer trumpet, given as a gift by King George V of the United Kingdom to Louis Armstrong in 1933
With Jack Teagarden (left) and Barney Bigard (right), Armstrong plays the trumpet in Helsinki, Finland, October 1949.
Louis Armstrong in 1966
Armstrong entertains Grace Kelly on the set of High Society in 1956.
Armstrong alongside Barbra Streisand in Hello, Dolly! (1969)
The Flushing Cemetery resting place of Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong
Louis Armstrong visit to Israel, April 1959

In Chicago, he spent time with other popular jazz musicians, reconnecting with his friend Bix Beiderbecke and spending time with Hoagy Carmichael and Lil Hardin.

Oliver, c. undefined1915.

King Oliver

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American jazz cornet player and bandleader.

American jazz cornet player and bandleader.

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Joe "King" Oliver's Draft Card, signed 09-12-1918 in Chicago

In addition to Oliver on cornet, the personnel included his protégé Louis Armstrong on second cornet, Baby Dodds on drums, Johnny Dodds on clarinet, Lil Hardin (later Armstrong's wife) on piano, Honoré Dutrey on trombone, and Bill Johnson on double bass.

Hines in 1936

Earl Hines

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American jazz pianist and bandleader.

American jazz pianist and bandleader.

Hines in 1936
Hines in 1947 (photograph by William P. Gottlieb)
From left: Jack Teagarden, Sandy DeSantis, Velma Middleton, Fraser MacPherson, Cozy Cole, Arvell Shaw, Earl Hines, Barney Bigard at the Palomar Supper Club, Vancouver, B.C., March 17, 1951

Later that year, Armstrong revamped his Okeh Records recording-only band, Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five, and hired Hines as the pianist, replacing his wife, Lil Hardin Armstrong, on the instrument.

Bad Boy (The Jive Bombers song)

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Bad Boy is a song written by Lil Armstrong and Avon Long.

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Memphis Music Hall of Fame

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The Memphis Music Hall of Fame, located in Memphis, Tennessee, honors Memphis musicians for their lifetime achievements in music.

The Memphis Music Hall of Fame, located in Memphis, Tennessee, honors Memphis musicians for their lifetime achievements in music.

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Lil Hardin Armstrong

Carl Hein and August Fraemke and NY College of Music Building

New York College of Music

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American conservatory of music located in Manhattan that flourished from 1878 to 1968.

American conservatory of music located in Manhattan that flourished from 1878 to 1968.

Carl Hein and August Fraemke and NY College of Music Building

Lil Hardin Armstrong, composer, onetime wife of Louis Armstrong

Freddie Keppard

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American jazz cornetist who once held the title of "King" in the New Orleans jazz scene.

American jazz cornetist who once held the title of "King" in the New Orleans jazz scene.

Keppard worked in Chicago both as a soloist and with the bands of Jimmie Noone, Johnny Dodds, Erskine Tate, Doc Cook (for several years), Don Pasqual, Lil Hardin Armstrong, Ollie Powers, and John Wycliffe, all of which were highly respected local bands.

Lincoln Cemetery (Cook County)

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Cemetery in Blue Island, Illinois, United States.

Cemetery in Blue Island, Illinois, United States.

Lillian Hardin Armstrong (1898–1971), Jazz singer/pianist/second wife of Louis Armstrong (Garden of Peace Mausoleum)

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Chris Albertson

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New York City-based jazz journalist, writer and record producer.

New York City-based jazz journalist, writer and record producer.

2006 photo

He continued the series in Chicago, with performances by Lil Armstrong, Alberta Hunter, Little Brother Montgomery, and Earl Hines.