Louis Armstrong
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1901-08-04
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Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong Biography (BBC)

Born in abject poverty in New Orleans, Armstrong became the first great soloist in jazz, and the musician who was the single most powerful influence on the music during its first half century. Abandoned by his father, he was brought up by his mother and grandmother in some of the poorest areas of his home town, and he apparently never know his real birth date, preferring to adopt Independence Day 1900 as his birthday.

As a boy, he worked on a coal cart for the Jewish Karnofsky family, working in the Red Light District of New Orleans and developing a musical talent that grew further during his time in the Colored Waifs home, where he spent some of his teenage years. he played cornet in the Waifs' band, and by his late teens had acquired a reputation as a fine brass player with plenty of ideas and natural stamina. His big break came when he was summoned to Chicago in 1922 to join King Oliver's band, with whom he made his first records. His reputation grew when he travelled to New York in 1924 to become a star soloist with Fletcher Henderson.

Back in Chicago, he made a remarkable series of discs with a studio band known as his Hot Five and Hot Seven, in which he developed his bravura solo style, and launched the concept of the improvising jazz soloist. His brilliant, inventive playing became a symbol of the energy and freedom of the 'jazz age' - the riotous pre-Depression America of the Roaring Twenties. By the end of the 1920s, having moved to New York in 1929 to perform in the revue Hot Chocolates, Armstrong became a major star. As a singer, trumpeter and entertainer, he fronted his own big band throughout the 1930s and well into the 1940s, making a string of influential discs that featured his high, powerful trumpeting and his gravelly singing.

He toured to Europe in 1933-4 , leading a big band of local musicians. In 1947 he scaled down to a small group - the All Stars - which he led for the rest of his life, playing an up-to-date brand of the Dixieland jazz of his home town. He also appeared in numerous films, and made several popular vocal records, including Hello Dolly and What a Wonderful World, which introduced him to a vast audience unaware of his musical innovations in the 1920s. When he died he was universally regarded as the father figure of jazz, and loved by the people he had met and encouraged all over the world as 'Ambassador Satch', playing a relentless series of tours and concerts well into his old age.

Louis Armstrong Biography (Wikipedia)

Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo, Satch, and Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer, vocalist and occasional actor who was one of the most influential figures in jazz. His career spanned five decades, from the 1920s to the 1960s, and different eras in the history of jazz. In 2017, he was inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame.

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 the Windy City, he networked with other popular jazz musicians, reconnecting with his friend, Bix Beiderbecke, and made new contacts, which included Hoagy Carmichael and Lil Hardin. He earned a reputation at "cutting contests", and relocated to New York in order to join Fletcher Henderson's band.

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What A Wonderful Armstrong
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What A Wonderful Armstrong
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What A Wonderful World
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What A Wonderful World
Ella Fitzgerald
They Can't Take That Away From Me
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They Can't Take That Away From Me
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April In Paris
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April In Paris
Clarence Williams’ Blue Five
Mandy Make Up Your Mind
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Mandy Make Up Your Mind
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We Have All The Time In The World
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We Have All The Time In The World
Dave Brubeck
Good Reviews
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Good Reviews
Nick Kenny
Gone Fishin'
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Gone Fishin'
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On The Sunny Side Of The Street
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On The Sunny Side Of The Street
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West End Blues
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West End Blues
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My Walking Stick
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My Walking Stick
Ella Fitzgerald
Summertime
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Summertime
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Cabaret
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Cabaret
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Hotter Than That
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Hotter Than That
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Blueberry Hill
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Blueberry Hill
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I'm In The Market For You
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I'm In The Market For You
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I'm Not Rough
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I'm Not Rough
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Hello Dolly
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Hello Dolly
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Struttin' With Some Barbeque
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Struttin' With Some Barbeque
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Sweet Sue Just You
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Sweet Sue Just You
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Ain't Misbehavin'
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Ain't Misbehavin'
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Weather Bird
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Weather Bird
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Savoy Blues
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Savoy Blues
Clarence Williams’ Blue Five
Cake Walking Babies From Home (feat. Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet & Eva Taylor)
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Cake Walking Babies From Home (feat. Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet & Eva Taylor)
Barbra Streisand
Hello Dolly!
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Hello Dolly!

Hello Dolly!

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Barbra Streisand
Hello Dolly Film Soundtrack
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