The Mystery Artist was an American jazz trumpeter, singer, and an influential figure in jazz music.
Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an “inventive” trumpet and cornet player, he was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance. With his instantly recognizable gravelly voice, he was also an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes. He was also skilled at scat singing (vocalizing using sounds and syllables instead of actual lyrics).
Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and voice almost as much as for his trumpet-playing, his influence extends well beyond jazz music, and by the end of his career in the 1960s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general.
Your Mystery Lyric is:
Oh, give me your lips for just a moment and my imagination will make that moment live
Louis Armstrong – A Kiss To build A Dream On was presented by Hil on October 15th 2014
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