Louis Armstrong

American jazz trumpeter and singer

Louis Armstrong "Pops"

A Foundational Influence in Jazz

Louis Armstrong shifted the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance. Armstrong was also an influential singer, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes.

Hand colored etching Louis Armstrong by Adi Holzer 2002.


Armstrong inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as early influence.

Armstrong was included in Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century."

Chimes Blues was Armstrong's first recorded cornet solo,which made the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Heebie Jeebies was Armstrong's first recorded scat vocal, which also made it into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

In 1937, Louis Armstrong became the first African-American entertainer to host a nationally sponsored radio show.

Basic Information

  • NAME: Louis Armstrong
  • OCCUPATION: Singer and Trumpet Player
  • BIRTH DATE: August 4, 1901
  • DEATH DATE: July 6, 1971
  • BIRTH PLACE: New Orleans, Louisiana

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