Jazz standards are musical compositions that are widely known, performed and recorded by jazz artists as part of the genre's musical repertoire. This list includes compositions written in the s that are considered standards by at least one major book publication or reference work. Some of the tunes listed were already well-known standards by the s, while others were popularized later. The time of the most influential recordings of a song, where appropriate, is indicated on the list. A period known as the " Jazz Age " started in the United States in the s. Jazz had become popular music in the country, although older generations considered the music immoral and threatening to old cultural values.
King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band
We contributed Louis Armstrong! He grew up poor in a bad part of New Orleans, and had to work early in his childhood to help support his family. His first couple of scrappy jobs included, working on a junk wagon, cleaning graves for tips, selling coal, and singing on street corners for pennies. His street corner singing led him all over the city where he got exposed to different styles of music.
With the original transfer supplied by Nick Dellow , here is the mother record which was shipped by Okeh to Germany for their Odeon pressings. The sound is wonderfully immediate, and crystal clear. Would you like to support the mission of Open Culture? Or sign up for our daily email and get a daily dose of Open Culture in your inbox. We thank you!
Although Armstrong claimed to be born in , various documents, notably a baptismal record, indicate that was his birth year. He grew up in dire poverty in New Orleans , Louisiana, when jazz was very young. In he was sent to the Colored Waifs Home as a juvenile delinquent. Armstrong developed rapidly: he played in marching and jazz bands, becoming skillful enough to replace Oliver in the important Kid Ory band about , and in the early s he played in Mississippi riverboat dance bands. Fame beckoned in when Oliver, then leading a band in Chicago , sent for Armstrong to play second cornet. There he created his most important early works, the Armstrong Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings of —28, on which he emerged as the first great jazz soloist. By then the New Orleans ensemble style, which allowed few solo opportunities, could no longer contain his explosive creativity. By that time Armstrong was playing trumpet , and his technique was superior to that of all competitors.