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Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong (Trumpet & Vocals)

Born: 4th August 1901, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

Died: 6th July 1971, Corona, Queens, New York City, U.S

Nationality: American

Louis Daniel Armstrong nicknamed "Satchmo", "Satch", and "Pops", was an American trumpeter, composer, vocalist, and actor who was among the most influential figures in jazz. His career spanned five decades and different eras in the history of jazz.

Armstrong was born and raised in New Orleans. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an inventive trumpet and cornet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance. Around 1922, he followed his mentor, Joe "King" Oliver, to Chicago to play in the Creole Jazz Band. In Chicago, he spent time with other popular jazz musicians, reconnecting with his friend Bix Beiderbecke and spending time with Hoagy Carmichael and Lil Hardin.

Further Reading: Louis Armstrong

 Classic Recordings, Louis Armstrong - Hot Five and Hot Seven Sessions

Josh digs deep to explore Louis Armstrong's landmark sessions with The Hot Fives and Sevens in the twenties, when 'Satchmo' was at the cutting edge of jazz improvisation.