Louis Armstrong

Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an innovative cornet and trumpet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence on jazz, shifting the music's focus from collective improvisation to solo performers. With his distinctive gravelly voice, 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, or wordless vocalizing. Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and deep, instantly recognizable voice almost as much as for his trumpet-playing, Armstrong's influence extended well beyond jazz, and by the end of his career in the '60s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general: critic Steve Leggett describes Armstrong as "perhaps the most important American musician of the 20th century." Armstrong often stated in public interviews that he was born on July 4, 1900, a date that has been noted in many biographies. Although he died in 1971, it wasn't until the mid-1980s that his true birth


  • Inspector general commends Orleans airport board

    The Associated Press 16 hours ago
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The board that runs the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is being commended by the New Orleans inspector general for improvements in its contracting process. A 2013 review of airport contracting practices said the board had ...
  • Indianapolis Airport Authority gets new director

    The Associated Press 16 hours ago
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The longtime executive director of Long Beach Airport in California is taking the reins of the Indianapolis Airport Authority. Mario Rodriguez will assume his new role in June. Current Executive Director Robert Duncan will remain with the Indianapolis ...
  • New coal mine eyeing Union County

    The Gleaner, Henderson, Ky. 1 day ago
    A new coal mine may be coming to Union County in Western Kentucky. St. Louis-based Armstrong Energy is seeking a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers to construct an overland coal conveyor through wetlands south of Pride in southeastern ...
  • Arts briefs

    Times Record News, Wichita Falls, Texas 4 days ago
    MSU ensemble to jazz it up at Akin The MSU Jazz/Rock Ensemble will present a spring concert of "somewhat" contemporary pop, jazz, and blues music at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Akin Auditorium on the Midwestern State University ...
  • Va. beach resort for African-Americans honored

    The Associated Press 1 week ago
    HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — A coastal resort in Hampton for African Americans throughout the South is being recognized with a Virginia historical marker. Approved by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, the marker will recognize the Bay Shore Hotel, which opened ...
  • New Orleans music alive and kicking with Preservation Hall Jazz Band

    The Sacramento Bee 2 weeks ago
    Listen closely and you'll hear the steady hum of Sacramento's jazz and improvisational music scene. Vivian Lee's long-running Sunday-night series at JB's Lounge has steadily mixed local, regional and national acts in a strongly programmed, broad-based ...

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