August 4, 1901 - July 6, 1971
"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."
"You can't play anything on a horn that Louis hasn't played"
Daniel Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong was born at the turn of the 20th century in New Orleans, Louisiana. After his father had deserted his family in New Orleans, the child Louis helped to support his mother and sister by delivering coal to prostitutes and lifting food out of hotel garbage cans and selling it.
The Wonderful World
of Louis Armstrong
"Armstrong is to music what Einstein is to physics and the Wright Brothers are to travel."
Jazz by definition originates in swinging rhythms, music virtuosity, and the exuberant spirit of improvisation. Jazz, a film by Ken Burns, harnesses the power and joy of this uniquely American art form, sculpting a celebration of the music, the musicians, and jazz's impact on the world.
was composed by a school teacher
in Louisville, Kentucky.
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