Louis' Education Kit
"Louis Armstrong was jazz's first great soloist and its most important and influential figure in the first half of the 20th century." -David N. Baker, Artistic and Musical Director, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
This engaging and stimulating kit, produced by the National Museum of American History, is a rich resource for teachers and libraries, and lends itself to appreciating Louis Armstrong and his contribution to the development of jazz. The curriculum outlines Armstrong's life from New Orleans Beginning: 1901-1922, On to Chicago: 1923-1924, New York Introduction: 1924-1925, Innovative Trumpeter: 1925-1929, Memorable Singer: 1929-1949, and Ambassador "Satch", Superb Entertainer: 1950-1971.
The 88-page curriculum contains introductory essays for teachers, time lines of Louis Armstrong's life, lesson plans, and accompanying clips for guided listening exercises, a discography, filmography, and selected bibliography. The lesson plans incorporate the National Standards in Arts Education and U.S. History. The accompanying music clips include historic selections that help illuminate the development of early jazz and various phases of Armstrong's life; they include Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag, Oh, Didn't He Ramble, Dipper Mouth Blues, Cake Walking Babies from Home, Struttin' with Some Barbecue, West End Blues, Star Dust, Mack the Knife, I Got Plenty o'Nuttin' and What a Wonderful World.
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These documents are in PDF format.
Clip 1: Kaa Fo (Ghana Cradle Song)
Clip 2: Bata Drums: for Egungun
Clip 3: Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin
Clip 4: New Orleans Function: Introduction (Armstrong's narration); Flee as a Bird; Oh, Didn't He Ramble; by Louis Armstrong and the All Stars
Clip 5: Dippermouth Blues by King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band
Clip 6: Chimes Blues by King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band
Clip 7: Cake Walking Babies from Home by Red Onion Jazz Babies
Clip 8: St. Louis Blues by W.C. Handy, Louis Armstrong (c), Bessie Smith (voc)
Clip 9: Cornet Chop Suey by Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five
Clip 10: Struttin' with Some Barbecue by Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five
Clip 11: Hotter Than That by Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five
Clip 12: West End Blues by Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five
Clip 13: Ain't Misbehavin' by Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra
Clip 14: Memories of You by Louis Armstrong and His Sebastian New Cotton Club Orchestra
Clip 15: Star Dust by Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra
Clip 16: I've Got the World on a String by Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra
Clip 17: When the Saints Go Marching In by Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra
Clip 18: Blueberry Hill by Louis Armstrong (voc), with Gordon Jenkins, his orchestra, and choir
Clip 19: Mack the Knife by Louis Armstrong and the All Stars
Clip 20: I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
Clip 21: Duke's Place (based on C-Jam Blues) by Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington
Clip 22: Hello, Dolly by Louis Armstrong (t, voc)
Clip 23: What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong (t, voc)
Note: Listeners are not authorized to reproduce, copy or distribute by any means, method or process whatsoever, any of the music compositions transmitted on this Web site.
Written by Luvenia A. George, Ph.D. and David N. Baker, Artistic and Musical Director, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Produced by the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, orchestra in residence at the National Museum of American History, Behring Center.
Visit the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and the Armstrong Music Class to learn more about Armstrong, other jazz masters, and related educational materials. Please also visit www.satchmo.net for more information about Louis Armstrong.