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The World of Jazz



The World of Jazz
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.27

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    recording, classical, jazz, pianist, bands, natural, honor, trumpet, early, nickname, coal, musician, ever, become, success, factory
     content words:    Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Wynton Marsalis, New Orleans, When Louie, Hot Five, Antoine Domino, Roll Hall, New Orleans Philharmonic, Julliard School


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The World of Jazz
By Tammy Scarbrough
  

1     Have you ever listened to jazz music? Louisiana is known for its jazz. There have been many great jazz legends that were born in this state - Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, and Wynton Marsalis, to name a few.
 
2     We will start with the best -- Louis (pronounced as Louie) Armstrong. Louis was born in New Orleans in 1901. When he was twelve years old, he was sent to a boarding school because he had fired a gun into the air on New Year's Eve. He was sent home two years later where he sold papers and coal from a cart. He loved to listen to bands playing in the city. Joe "King" Oliver was a great jazz musician and took young Louis under his wing. When Louie was 21 years old, Oliver invited him to play in his band. Louie loved it! By 1929, Louie had his own band named Hot Five. Louie went on to become one of the best jazz musicians of all time.
 
3     Fats Domino was born as Antoine Domino in 1928 in New Orleans. He was kind of a big guy, which is why he earned the nickname of "Fats." He worked in a factory after he left school. He would also play the piano and sing in clubs around town. He played and sang a mixture of jazz, boogie-woogie, and Cajun music. He was pretty laid back with his rhythm and blues songs, and some people thought he needed to pick up the pace a little, but he continued to play the way he played best. By the time he was in his early 20's, he had become a great success in rhythm and blues music. Between 1955 and 1960, Fats Domino had almost twenty Top 20 singles. He was a great success and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

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