Preston Jackson in Chicago - early 20th Century
I give Lil [Armstrong] credit; because Louis [Armstrong] was not nationally known.
Lil never was flash. She is a fine soloist and can lay those chords four beats to a measure and solid just like the doctor ordered.
Getting back to Lil, most of the tunes Louis composed, Lil wrote the music to. Louis would play the melody and Lil would write it down as fast as Louis played.
When playing some of Louis Armstrong's records recorded by the Hot Five, notice the foundation. It will speak for itself.
Nat Hentoff and Nat Shapiro, Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It (London, 1992), p. 102. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1434648401602 accessed: 2 December, 2021
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|jazz music performance||performed by Lil Armstrong, Louis Armstrong|
|Date/Time||early 20th Century|