This painting of Louis Armstrong has been accepted on the West Lothian call for entries exhibition starting 10th September 2015 at Howden Arts Centre in Livingston, Scotland. The exhibition is entitled Musical Paintings – The Secret World of Synaesthesia. My painting in oils and acrylics is entitled Dippermouth Blues.
Dippermouth Blues is a song, first recorded by King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band in April 1923 and again in June of that same year. It is most often attributed to Joe “King” Oliver, though some have argued that Louis Armstrong was in fact the composer. This is partly because ‘Dippermouth’, in the song’s title, was a nickname of Louis Armstrong’s. The song is a strong example of the influence of the Blues on early Jazz. There is a twelve-bar blues harmonic progression, with frequent bent notes and slides into notes. Armstrong plays second cornet on the April 6, 1923, recordin. Oliver’s plunger mute solo on first cornet became one of the most frequently-imitated solos of his generation.