"If anybody was Mr. Jazz it was Louis Armstrong. He was the epitome of jazz and always will be. He is what I call an American standard, an American original." No less a jazz giant than Duke Ellington said this when he learned of Armstrong’s death in 1971. Louis Armstrong was the first genius of jazz, and while no one person can be credited with inventing this American art form, it would certainly sound completely different today without his influence.
A Legend Is Born
The great Armstrong, known as Satchmo to the public and Pops to insiders, is crucially important to the development of jazz in a number of ways. First and foremost, he was an electrifying trumpeter, although in the wake of his later pop... Read More