Louis Armstrong: His Life and Legacy
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning
Charles Bergeron, Ph.D., Professor of Jazz History and Program Director for Jazz Pedagogy at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music
This lecture will offer a detailed look into the life and career of America’s most important and influential jazz artist. From his upbringing in New Orleans to his place as America’s great cultural ambassador, Bergeron explores the early influences that shaped the life of Louis Armstrong and the legacy he created for America’s indigenous art form.
This presentation is part of Charles Bergeron's Jazz History series.
Charles Bergeron, Ph.D., is professor of jazz history and ensemble program coordinator at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and is a leading figure in the field of jazz education. His students and ensembles have won many national and international awards and competitions. In addition to working with students majoring in music and jazz studies, Charles is responsible for teaching the evolution of jazz and the history of rock ‘n’ roll to 400 non-music major students each semester at the University of Miami.
As a jazz bassist and composer, Charles’ unique approach to improvisation and compositional style reflects the wide variety of musical influences while confirming a deep commitment to his musical cultural heritage as a native New Orleanian. This can be seen in his leadership of the South Florida Jazz Orchestra — a critically acclaimed, modern big band comprising many of the top jazz artists and studio musicians in Miami.