The man on the mountaintop
The pioneer of bebop, long before he died earlier this month, was explaining that he couldn’t have extended jazz to its esoteric limits unless Satchmo had innovated the medium. Armstrong, with his horn dragging jazz out of the South and smoky clubs, laid the groundwork for Dizzy, with his bulbous cheeks and bent trumpet, to soar further in the musical range. No Kennedy, no Clinton.
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