"A jazz pioneer, Louis Armstrong was the first important soloist to emerge in jazz, and he became the most influential musician in the music's history. As a trumpet virtuoso, his playing, beginning with the 1920s studio recordings he made with his Hot Five and Hot Seven ensembles, charted a future for jazz in highly imaginative, emotionally charged improvisation. For this, he is revered by jazz fans."
William Ruhlmann, Allmusic.com
As a child, Armstrong worked for and befriended Lithuanian-Jewish immigrants, the Karnofskys. He would later write that they treated him as one of their own and loaned him the money to buy his first horn. He often wore a Star of David in their honor.
The father of jazz piano.
Jazz pianist and vocalist extradanaire.
Born in New Orleans with roots in ragtime and the blues.
European tradition reimagined by African American artists.
The dominant form of American dance music for over a decade.
Black musical tradition is a part of its core.
The progeny of spirituals and cousin to the blues.
A blend of African-American oral and musical traditions.