Friday, April 11, 2014

J is for Jazz

Theme ~ Good Things:



When I was young, before Elvis, before Chuck Berry, Little Richard and the birth of rock and roll, there was a revival of New Orleans jazz in Stockholm. Bands formed all over town and played at school dances and at jazz clubs in Old Town. On Sunday afternoons, bands, pretending to be on Bourbon Street, marched down the streets of Stockholm to play at the matinee at Nalen, a dance palace we were only allowed to attend during daylight hours.

And so I learned about the beginnings of jazz; I read about Buddy Bolden, King Oliver, Bunk Johnson, and Storyville where it all began. I listened to their music on 78s. Muskrat Ramble with Louis Armstrong was my first record. When he came to Stockholm in 1955, I went to his concert and I was as thrilled as all those girls who greeted the Beatles in New York City nine years later. Not loud like them, but so happy to listen to someone like Louis Armstrong, live.  












24 comments:

  1. Oh Inger I loved hearing Louis Armstrong 78 records as I was growing up my Grandparents and my Dad loved listening to them. Nice memories. Hug B

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  2. I think the only jazz I ever really cared for was Armstrong's, Inger. You had such a full youth!!!!...:)JP

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  3. To hear Armstrong, live... Awesome!

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  4. I never really appreciated Louis Armstrong when he was alive. Now I love to sit outside and listen to his wonderful music.

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  5. I lived the 50's music and never liked anything that came before that because i was raised in a home with no music at all... i heard hymns at church and that was that. and to this day i don't listen to music very often

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  6. My dad is the jazz lover in our family - I grew up with 45's of Acker Bilk.
    Sophie
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  7. Louis Armstrong certainly was the best!

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  8. I love vintage jazz -- which is no surprise with my haunted jazz club, Meilori's. I have fun peopling by jazz club with the ghosts of the great. Fun post!

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  9. Like Roland, I like vintage jazz too, but I also like modern versions of old jazz, when done in the same style. Louis has long been a fave. I saw the Preservation Hall Jazz Band when it came to Vancouver years ago (from New Orleans)That was Dixieland Jazz!

    An excellent choice for the letter J.

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  10. Your post brought back memories. Yes, when I was a teenager I also loved New Orleans jazz, then after I moved to other types of jazz. I remember going to Paris cellars on the left bank and listening to Maxim Saury and others – Sydney Bechet was a great favorite as well as the American jazz musicians, and British ones too. There were many young tourists from Scandinavia in those cellars – I remember dancing several times with guys from Sweden.

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  11. Louis Armstrong appeared on the Ed Sullivan show frequently and I loved his music. How amazing that you got to see him live.

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  12. Great names from the past still listened to today.

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  13. I love Louis Armstrong and his music. One of my favorites is It's a Wonderful World. I can still hear his voice in my head.
    How very lucky that you went to one of his concert.

    Hugs,
    JB

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  14. Louis was the best and what a showman. It was always a coup for a variety show to feature him.

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  15. Just loved Louie Armstrong and his gravely voice. I can hear him now.

    And 78 records! Remember the 33 1/3 then the 45's....those were the days.

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  16. I do like Jazz! Louis Armstrong? Really!! Wow, that must have been great!!

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  17. You're so cool, man! Really Inger you are living such an interesting and adventurous life since childhood.
    Seeing Satchmo must have been incredible. He is tops!

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  18. Try as I might, I find little in jazz that excites me. The Blues, a bit. Pet Seeger and the like are better. Different times, different places. Whatever.

    Does Samson like Jazz?

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  19. Great names that are still relevant today!

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  20. Wow! Just great to hear Armstrong, in a live concert!

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  21. Hi Inger - that must be one amazing memory and then to have appreciated jazz so early in life ..

    I'm really so unmusical but love the way all the eras of music tie - as our lives do ..

    Cheers Hilary

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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