The childhood of Louis Armstrong was as fascinating as the great musician himself--and this chapter book biography tells it like never before.Play, Louis, Play! is written from the point of view of Louis' closest companion throughout his youth--his horn! In a jazz-inflected, exuberant voice, this unusual narrator tells it all, starting with the small New Orleans hock shop where little Louis bought his first trumpet for five hard-earned dollars.
As Louis goes from a street quartet to the marching band of the Colored Waif 's Home to the big sounds of New Orleans jazz clubs, author Muriel Harris Weinstein creates a moving portrait of the jazz legend. Includes a detailed author's note, glossary of jazz terms, and bibliography.