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April 14, 2007

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Wylie Kinson

I plead ignorance! I know the words to Wonderful World only because my kidlet has a beautifully illustrated picture book inspired by the song. I'm so ashamed...
But I do like ragtime, big band (guess there's a bit of jazz there, no?), and have worn out my Billy Holiday CDs.

Your most recent comment on my blog re characters had me chuckling... Thanks for your insights!

PJ

As I've studied the history of popular music and jazz I'm slightly more aware of Armstrong's legacy than the average listener. I agree that it is a shame that the mainstream community isn't more aware of his genius as a trumpeter. Armstrong was an early pioneer of jazz music, and he had an incredible influence on the evolution of jazz and popular music in general.

Other jazz musicians whom I feel were also highly influential include Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis. You might be able to tell that I'm somewhat of a Sax aficionado; I even wrote an essay discussing the significance of the Saxophone in the development of jazz a few years ago.

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