Biography Assignment Writing Help
Jazz Biography Paper
The paper will cover a jazz artist of your choosing and deal with certain aspect of his/her career.
- Required Length : 1500 words, not including cover page, points will be deducted for paper not fulfilling the minimum length.
- Paper must be typed, double spaced.
- All list of works must be cited completed.
- Standard MLA footnotes and style requirements must be observed. For questions or issues with this guidelines, please visit the WSU writing centre.
- Plagiarism will result in a failing grade for both paper and course.
- An “A” paper will be free of grammatical, spelling and factual errors. A unique perspective or particular interesting viewpoint about the chosen subject will be beneficial to the student grade as well. With the short length of the paper taken into consideration, one particular thesis would be practical starting point for writing.
- Plagiarism Detection: Please be aware that the papers will be screened through a plagiarism detection engine, so be sure to only use original work. Or cite the author for anything borrowed.
Deadline: Paper will be turned in online. The paper will be turned in automatically in the drop box area of the course, online.
LOUIS ARMSTRONG – THE ICONIC JAZZ PLAYER
A Source of Inspiration
Louis Armstrong is one of the well known figures in the history of Jazz; he was a renowned trumpet player, a versatile solo player, and someone who influenced numerous Jazz players for decades. Armstrong wore many hats with ease throughout his life. Born in an impoverished family in the city of New Orleans, he saw the grinding poverty in his early life and through his own grit and talent became the greatest jazz musician and singer in America and the world. He proved that one does not need wealth or a comfortable background to reach the height of a chosen path, all one needs is determination, a strong self confidence and a right career path. The story of a man who was born in poverty and became a renowned name all over the world because of his talent and hard word, is a source of inspiration for many budding musicians and people who face difficulties in life. One needs a whole book to write the story of Armstrong; however, it can be summarized, divided into segments such as, background and early years, growth as a budding musician, years of fame. From 1920 onwards he grew in stature as a soloist, trumpet player and a musician and became renowned all over the world, he continued to be a world famous musician till his death in 1971. Armstrong was born in St. Oreleans, in Louisiana, on 4th August 1901. His parents were very poor, his father worked in a factory and his mother often worked as a prostitute. His father left the family after his birth, and mother would leave him for long periods with his grandmother. Armstrong had to leave school in the fifth grade and start working, doing menial jobs, collecting garbage, fetching and carrying. He did some menial work for a well to do Jewish family who felt sorry for him and adopted him as a member of the family. He wrote fondly about his connection with the family, a correspondent quoted him, saying that they taught him how to live with determination and grit. Armstrong never forgot them and though he was not a religious person he wore Star of David throughout his life. During this period Armstrong was imprisoned for discharging his step father’s pistol and had to stay in “New Orleans Home for Colored Waifs.” This proves to be a blessing in disguise, he learned to play cornet in the Home and started playing in the band. The band performed at social gatherings and its music was much appreciated by the citizens. Armstrong was only thirteen years old when his performance on cornet was noted and he became the band leader. This was his first tentative step towards his destiny as a musician. He found his true calling and used all his efforts to learn to play cornet. He got a job in the dance hall as a cornet player, but he had to continue with his work as a physical worker because the money that earned from working in the music hall was not enough. This was the learning period for Armstrong, he continued to play cornet, worked with bands on river boats and learned from the older musicians. He joined a band called Fate Marable and later said tue period he spent this band was like “going to the University.” In 1919 he became manager of the Kid Ory’s band and a trumpet player in another band called ‘Tuxedo Brass Band.’ Armstrong grew remarkably from 1920s onwards; at the age of twenty he was able to read music, started playing long ‘trumpet solos,’ and developed his own style of playing trumpet and cornet. He decided to leave for Chicago in 1922.