There’s nothing wrong with turning children on to European classical music — I spent the weekend at my cellist-daughter’s music camp, profoundly proud of her pace-setting role in a conductor-less rendition of Mozart’s Symphony 25. But to raise a child without letting them in, early, on the evidently still-secret pleasures and powers of jazz is a shame.
“From 1925 to 1928, bandleader and trumpeter Louis Armstrong led a recording group, known as the Hot Five and Hot Seven, through nearly 90 recordings. These tracks are now considered among the most seminal, enduring and influential recordings not only in jazz but in American music . . .His big, beautiful tone; his rich imagination as a soloist; his perfect sense of time; his deep understanding of the blues; his projection and authority; and the force of his musical personality. . .The essence of jazz–making something new out of something old, making something personal out of something shared–has no finer exemplar than Armstrong.”