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ADVENT CALENDAR: Dec 5th - Louis Armstrong - 'Zat You, Santa Claus?

Posted on the 05 December 2013 by Rw/ff @rwffmusic

ADVENT CALENDAR: Dec 5th - Louis Armstrong - 'Zat You, Santa Claus?Absolutely love this one. Hey, I love all the tracks on this year's Advent Calendar! I wouldn't feature them if I didn't! 'Zat You Santa Claus' is a Christmas song written by James Fox. You can find this on the album 'What a Wonderful Christmas', which as well as this legendary figure, also features some far less brilliant festive tunes from the likes of Duke Ellington and Peggy Lee. Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971) nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana.

Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an "inventive" cornet and trumpet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance. With his instantly recognizable deep and distinctive gravelly voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes. He was also greatly skilled at scat singing (vocalizing using sounds and syllables instead of actual lyrics).Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and voice almost as much as for his trumpet-playing, Armstrong's influence extends well beyond jazz music, and by the end of his career in the 1960s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general. Armstrong was one of the first truly popular African-American entertainers to "cross over", whose skin-color was secondary to his music in an America that was severely racially divided. He rarely publicly politicized his race, often to the dismay of fellow African-Americans, but took a well-publicized stand for desegregation during the Little Rock Crisis. His artistry and personality allowed him socially acceptable access to the upper echelons of American society that were highly restricted for a black man.

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