Louis Armstrong was born in 1901 in a poor family in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is considered to be the brightest jazz star ever. Louis Armstrong was an innovative and charismatic performer whose outstanding personality and artistic skills had incredible appeal for the audience. He was a jazz pioneer in terms of converting this music from rough regional dance music to a real art. He started his career as a trumpeter but later on he became a vocalist and that well-recognized owing to his distinctive gravelly voice.
From his early ages Louis was fond of such performers as Buddy Petit, Bunk Johnson and most of all Joe "King" Oliver. Joe Oliver was almost a father figure to Louis Armstrong. First Armstrong performances took place on riverboats up and down the Mississippi River. In 1919, Joe Oliver left New Orleans and Louis took his place in Kid Ory's band - the hottest jazz band in the city. In 1922, Armstrong moves to Chicago - a jazz capital of that time, having been invited by Joe Oliver to join his "Creole Jazz Band".
This band gradually became the most influential jazz band in Chicago, thus one of the best American jazz bands. At that time Louis Armstrong made his first recordings introducing some of his solos. At the same time he played the second cornet in Creole Jazz Band. Armstrong was satisfied with his collaboration with Oliver but his wife insisted on seeking something more prominent. In 1924, Armstrong and Oliver broke up and Louis moved to New-York to join the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra.
In this band Louis switched from playing cornet to trumpet and became a real star with his improvisations with a trumpet. Being in New-York he didn't break his relationship with his old friends from New Orleans such as pianist Clarence Williams, Sidney Bechet and others. Louis Armstrong made recordings with them and improving his performance as a vocalist. Louis traveled a lot across the country until he settled permanently in Queens, New York in 1943.
In fifties with the development of television Louis experienced problems with financing his sixteen-piece orchestra and cut it to six pieces. This band was called All Stars and included many prominent jazz performers such as Arvell Shaw, Trummy Young, Marty Napoleon and others. In 1964, Louis Armstrong set a record by releasing an extremely successful "Hello, Dolly" which hit many charts across the world. Louis Armstrong died in 1971 at the age of 69. Hardly there is a jazz singers review that doesn't include Louis Armstrong in the list of the greatest stars ever. It can be referred to Duke Ellington too.
Many people believe Duke Ellington is the most important figure in jazz. Duke Ellington started his career in Washington D.C. where he was born but soon moved to New York City where he became extremely popular. Ellington's band was on the crest of popularity during forties. A decade later after decline of big jazz bands Ellington's band nevertheless remained popular and in 1965 Duke was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He died in 1974 and was buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery, New York.
This jazz singers review introduces the most influential jazz performers ever. Any jazz singers review contains information about people with innovative approach to music - both Armstrong and Ellington are the brightest personalities of any jazz singers review.