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Louis Armstrong

Also known as

Satchmo, Pops, Louis Armstrong: Satchmo, Armstrong, Louis (Satchmo), Armstrong, Louis, Armstrong Louis, Luis Armstrong

Musical genres

Jazz, Swing, Dixieland, Traditional pop music

Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an "inventive" cornet and trumpet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the music's focus from collective improvisation to solo performance. With his instantly recognizable deep and distinctive gravelly voice, resembling the sound of a trumpet, 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, vocalizing using sounds and syllables instead of actual lyrics.
Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and voice almost as much as for his trumpet-playing, Armstrong's influence extends well beyond jazz music, and by the end of his career in the 1960s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general. Armstrong was one of the first truly popular African-American entertainers to "cross over," whose skin-color was secondary to his music in an America that was severely racially divided. It allowed him socially

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  • Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington
  • Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
  • Bing Crosby & Louis Armstrong
  • Louis Armstrong & Louis Jordan
  • Louis Armstrong & Billie Holiday
  • Bessie Smith & Louis Armstrong
  • King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band
  • Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars
  • Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five
  • Carroll Dickerson's Savoyagers
  • Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven
  • Billy Kyle & Louis Armstrong
  • Louis Armstrong & The Mills Brothers
  • Red Onion Jazz Babies
  • Louis Armstrong & The Dukes of Dixieland
  • Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra
  • Louis Armstrong

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