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

“There is two kinds of music, the good & the bad. I play the good kind.” ~ Louis Armstrong

The work of trumpeter and vocalist Louis Armstrong both summed up the achievements of New Orleans style jazz and pointed the way to the later evolution of the music as a solo-oriented art form. ~ Jazz.com: Louis Armstrong ~ retrieved April 24, 2014 © Jazz.com

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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 2007 Louisiana Music Hall of Fame ~ Watching film clips of jazz legend Louis Armstrong mopping the sweat from his brow with a white silk handkerchief, one would never guess he spent his early boyhood digging through New Orleans garbage cans in search of food. A product of one of the poorest sections of the city, he developed street smarts and a dirty mouth at an early age. Sent to the Jones Home for Colored Waifs at the age of 13 for firing a pistol on New Year's Eve, he got his first introduction to the cornet. ~ 2007 © Louisiana Music 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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