The Classic Jazz Orchestra’s second CD was issued by Lake Records in May 2008. While our first CD, Jelly’s New Clothes, celebrated the work of one outstanding composer/musician, Jelly Roll Morton, the second one more closely represents the band’s typical concert programme and draws its material from the most important musicians/composers of the 1920s to the 1940s. These Kings of Jazz are:
It is very hard to overstate Armstrong’s importance in the development of 20th century popular music. Whether as a singer or a trumpeter, his natural and energetic way of phrasing became the basic rhythmic vocabulary of jazz musicians and popular singers from Bing Crosby to Billy Holiday and beyond. Later stylistic evolutions in jazz and popular music simply could not have developed as they did without his inspirational example. He also conveyed a deep sincerity and humanity in his music that was to inform the best performers who came after. From the youthful vigour of his earliest recordings through the elegance and majesty of his mid-period work, to his later career as a well-loved all-round entertainer, his legacy is to be heard daily around the world.