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Louis Armstrong and Paul WhitemanTwo Kings of Jazz$
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Joshua Berrett

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300103847

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300103847.001.0001

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Some Liked it Hot

Some Liked it Hot

(p.68) 3 Some Liked it Hot
Louis Armstrong and Paul Whiteman

Joshua Berrett

Yale University Press

This chapter considers Louis Armstrong's association with Lil Hardin's band, after his split from Fletcher Henderson's band. His next four years in Chicago were to be spent composing a body of work in the form of the Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings. Armstrong then followed a traditional New Orleans formula, and this “New Orleans groove” was the kind of hot jazz that was in Armstrong's blood. It differentiated him from the likes of Paul Whiteman and symphonic jazz. His collaboration with Lil Hardin helped Armstrong to make this brand of hot jazz what it was. The chapter also mentions Armstrong's attendance of a performance of Bix Beiderbecke and Paul Whiteman at the Chicago Theater in July 2, 1928. It also notes Whiteman's hiring of Bing Crosby, and how Whiteman's association with Beiderbecke and Crosby brought the worlds of Paul Whiteman and Louis Armstrong closer together than ever before.

Keywords:   Louis Armstrong, Lil Hardin's band, Fletcher Henderson, Hot Five, Hot Seven, New Orleans groove, Paul Whiteman, Bix Beiderbecke, Bing Crosby

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