Sound Recording, "When the Saints Go Marching In"

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Description (Brief)
Born in New Orleans in 1901, jazz musician Louis Armstrong (d. 1971)was known for his distinctive trumpet-playing and vocal style. He often improvised jazz riffs using his voice rather than his instrument, “scatting” notes and melodies rather than singing actual words. Armstrong transformed traditional church songs like “When the Saints Go Marching In” into jazz melodies fit for brass bands. Nicknamed Satchmo, short for “satchel-mouth,” he helped popularize the solo performance in jazz music. His musical style influenced singers Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1938
1939
recording artist
Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra
maker
Decca
Place Made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
shellac (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
ID Number
1978.0670.208
accession number
1978.0670
maker number
25153
catalog number
1978.0670.208
Credit Line
Gift of Lucy C. Shain in memory of James Lewis Shain
subject
Music
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
1939 exhibit
Popular Entertainment
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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