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Louis Armstrong's Transformation of Jazz

Shakespeare didn't invent English, and Louis Armstrong didn't invent Jazz. It's what each man did with their respective language that sets them apart from anyone who ever wrote a word or blew a note after they came along. Jazz simply wouldn't be the Jazz we know today without Louie Armstrong. The many reasons why are enumerated in the new biography Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong by Wall Street Journal critic Terry Teachout. He says there are reasons why the artist's greatest breakthroughs happened right here in the Windy City.

Excerpt from the book

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