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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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Variety, 2020-06-25 10:20:35
MK2 Films (“Maria By Callas,” “Portrait of A Lady On Fire”) has pulled out of “Louis Armstrong: The Cause of Happiness,” after the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation said they were not collaborators on the project, as previously indicated. MK2 Films announced on June 23 during the virtual Cannes market that ...

Variety, 2020-06-23 16:49:25
MK2 Films (“Maria By Callas,” “Portrait of A Lady On Fire”) has come on board “Louis Armstrong: The Cause of Happiness,” a feature documentary exploring the many faces of the jazz music icon, and set against the backdrop of the social, cultural and political milestones of U.S. 20th century history. ...

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USA Today TV, 2020-04-27 02:05:12
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