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Louis Daniel Armstrong
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Trumpeter, Vocalist, Bandleader

(1901 - 1971)

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Louis Armstrong is synonymous with jazz. One of its first proponents and shapers, his technical superiority, spontaneity, and creativity gave life to the music and influenced everyone that came after him. He grew up in New Orleans where he learned to play cornet in reform school and absorbed all of the music around him in the port city. He played around New Orleans in several bands and joined “King” Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band in Chicago in 1922. In 1925 he recorded his famous Hot Five and Hot Seven sessions.

By 1929 Armstrong was a big star, touring the U.S. and the continent with his bands. His singing style became as popular as his trumpet playing. He appeared on Broadway in Swingin’ the Dream (1938) where he and Maxine Sullivan introduced “Darn that Dream.” In 1947, as public tastes in music changed, his big band was disbanded and the small group, Louis Armstrong Allstars, was formed and toured the world for 20 years, earning “Pops” the honorary title of “America’s Ambassador.”

Armstrong was a frequent guest on TV specials and made two dozen films, one of his most charming with Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, High Society (1956).

- Sandra Burlingame

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What a Wonderful World

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Best Of Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

The Definitive Collection

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Christmas Collection: 20th Century Masters

Louis Armstrong & Friends

The Great Summit: The Master Takes

Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington

16 Most Requested Songs

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Reading and Viewing

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Terry Teachout

Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong

Mariner Books

Louis Armstrong, Thomas Brothers

Louis Armstrong, in His Own Words

Oxford University Press

Gary Giddins

Satchmo: The Genius of Louis Armstrong

Da Capo Press


DownBeat - The Great Jazz Interviews (A 75th Anniversary Anthology) (Book)

Hal Leonard


Down Beat: Sixty Years of Jazz

Hal Leonard Corporation

Wynton Marsalis, Geoffrey Ward

Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life

Random House Trade Paperbacks

Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns

Jazz: A History of America's Music


Masters of American Music

Louis Armstrong - Satchmo (1990)

DVD (Biography with performances)

Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Celeste Holm, John Lund, Louis Calhern, Louis Armstrong

High Society

Warner Home Video


James Stewart, June Allyson, Harry Morgan, Charles Drake, George Tobias

The Glenn Miller Story

Universal Studios


Danny Kaye, Barbara Bel Geddes, Louis Armstrong, Harry Guardino, Bob Crosby

The Five Pennies



Wynton Marsalis, Keith David, Duke Ellington, Branford Marsalis, Gary Giddins, John Coltrane, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Stan Levey, Gene Krupa, Fats Waller, Harry Connick Jr., George Wein

Jazz: A Film By Ken Burns

Pbs Paramount


Ethel Waters, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong, Rex Ingram

Cabin in the Sky

Warner Home Video


Jimmy Giuffre, Thelonious Monk, Henry Grimes, Sonny Stitt, Sal Salvador, Anita O'Day, George Shearing, Dinah Washington, Gerry Mulligan, Big Maybelle, Chuck Berry, Chico Hamilton, Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden, Mahalia Jackson, David Baily

Jazz on a Summer's Day/A Summer's Day With Bert Stern

New Yorker Video


Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong - Live in '59 (Jazz Icons)

Tdk DVD Video


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