Vic Hobson and the roots of Louis Armstrong’s music

Interview with Vic Hobson

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Louis Armstrong was a genius – no doubt about that.

But there’s no such thing as a genius in a vacuum.

For some strange reason, the culture and community that gave birth to Louis Armstrong is given short shrift is accounts of his life and art.

In his autobiography and in interviews, Armstrong painted a vivid picture of the world he grew up in, but until now, there has been no in-depth inquiry into what he meant when he said things like “I figure singing and playing is the same,” or, “Singing was more into my blood than the trumpet.”

Now thanks to Vic Hobson’s book “Creating the Jazz Solo” we’re starting to understand what he meant.


Book: Creating the Jazz Solo: Louis Armstrong and Barbershop Harmony (American Made Music Series)

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The Hidden Roots of Jazz Harmony

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The Hidden Roots of Jazz Harmony