Louis Armstrong

Jazz Musician
Birthplace: New Orleans, LA

New Orleans jazz musician Louis Armstrong was known for his virtuosic and improvisational skills on the cornet and trumpet. Armstrong popularized the scat style of singing. He was a member of King Oliver's band in the 1920s, and he formed several bands of his own. During his long career, Armstrong appeared on film and stage in the U.S. and abroad. Almost 30 years after his death, "Satchmo" continues to be one of jazz's most important and influential musicians.

Related Resources

Web Resources
Louis Armstrong: A Cultural Legacy
Information from the Smithsonian concerning Armstrong.

Louis Armstrong House and Archives
Go on a virtual tour of Armstrong's house, read a detailed biographical timeline, and more.

Selected Works by Louis Armstrong
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: A Four CD set (1923-1934)
Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings: A Four CD set (1925-1929)
Big Bands, Volume 1. (1930-1931)
Rhythm Saved the World (1935-1936)
Complete Ella & Louis On Verve: A Three CD Set (1956)

Black History Month  Return to the Encyclopedia
of Prominent African Americans

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