Louis Armstrong

One of the most influential jazz musicians, Louis Armstrong’s career, spanned five decades

Satchmo, Satch, Pops, as he also was known was the first black musician to make the transition from merely playing an instrument to also being a vocalist.

During his career he also moved through different jazz eras.

Armstrong was born and raised in New Orleans.

He came to prominence in the 1920s shifting the focus from collective to solo performances.

His voice – rich, unique, gravelly – instantly recognizable.

His stage presence – charismatic – making him a major star with a legion of fans, crossing the great divide – a black musician universally accepted by white audiences.