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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Jive Of The Day!

It has been quite a while since we studied an entry in Cab Calloway's Jive Dictionary, so I thought it time recommence our schooling.  Today's lesson from Professor Calloway:

Armstrongs (n.) -- musical notes in the upper register, high trumpet notes.

Considering the date, I think we are safe to assume the origin of this term relates to Louis Armstrong, rather than any other Armstrongs, like Neil or Stretch. 

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