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Louis Armstrong

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Louis Armstrong's stage personality matched his flashy cornet and trumpet playing.

Source: Wikipedia

Louis Daniel Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an innovative cornet and trumpet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence on jazz, shifting the music's focus from collective improvisation to solo performers. With his distinctive raspy voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes. He was also greatly skilled at scat singing, or wordless vocalizing.

Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and deep, instantly recognizable voice almost as much as for his trumpet-playing, Armstrong's influence extended well beyond jazz, and by the end of his career in the 1960s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general. It has been said that "Louis Armstrong was probably the greatest musician that ever lived."

Fact file

  • Born: August 4, 1901 New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
  • Died: July 6, 1971 (aged 69) Corona, Queens, New York City, U.S.
  • Genres: Dixieland, jazz, swing, traditional pop, scat
  • Occupation(s): Musician
  • Instruments: Trumpet, cornet, vocals
  • Years active: c. 1914–1971
  • Associated acts: Joe "King" Oliver, Ella Fitzgerald, Kid Ory

Read more about Louis Armstrong at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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