Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong

Pops was the first superstar of jazz music.

Founded

August 4, 1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana

Full Name

Date of Birth

August 4, 1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana

Still Alive

Date of Death

July 6, 1971 in Queens, New York

Louis Armstrong c. 1930
Louis Armstrong c. 1930

About The artist

"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

Did you know...

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.

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