TRUMPETER'S TALE by Jeanette Eaton

TRUMPETER'S TALE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A successful venture into a new field of biography by an author who has made signal contribution to the field, particularly at this age level. This is the Story of Young Louis Armstrong, known to the jazz world as ""Satchmo"". Miss Eaton has dared to be realistic and factual in drawing Louis' sordid, poverty striken beginnings. As a lad on New Orleans' Perdido Street, the only outlet for his musical talents was playing in the notorious ""District"". An unfortunate incident with a gun sent Louis to the Colored Waif's Home, an experience that turned out happily for he gained there training on the cornet in the band. Music was the dominant chord in his life- and when given a chance Louis was basically a fine person. Things in his life went awry- and Miss Eaton gives these failures, including two divorces, their proper place, and balances them with the successes for a many-sided portrait. A good musical biography that relates the course of American jazz to its central character.

Pub Date: Feb. 16th, 1955
Publisher: Morrow