Jazz icon, trumpet player, Louis Armstrong
birth name: Louis Daniel Armstrong

Louis Armstrong

August 4, 1901, New Orleans, LA ~ July 6, 1971, New York, NY

“I don't need words. It's all in the phrasing.” ~ Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong was the first important soloist to emerge in jazz, and he became the most influential musician in the music's history. As a trumpet virtuoso, his playing, beginning with the 1920s studio recordings made with his Hot Five and Hot Seven ensembles, charted a future for jazz in highly imaginative, emotionally charged improvisation. ~ Allmusic: Louis Armstrong ~ retrieved July 4, 2013 © Allmusic

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By virtue of the role he played in its evolution during the first quarter of the 20th century, Louis Armstrong is regarded as the most influential jazz musician in history. This distinction is coupled with his stewardship of jazz around the world over the next five decades as the earliest and greatest ambassador of America's first true musical art form. ~ All about Jazz: Louis Armstrong ~ retrieved August 2, 2013 © All About Jazz

Louis Armstrong ~ Inducted in the 1990 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ One of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, Louis Armstrong was responsible for innovations that filtered down through popular music to rock and roll. Armstrong himself put it like this: “If it hadn’t been for jazz, there wouldn't be no rock and roll.” ~ 1990 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

In 2001 two Louis Armstrong songs made it to the RIAA Top 365 Songs Of The Century ~ #84 What A Wonderful World ~ #13 When The Saints Go Marching In

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