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Trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong wasborn on August 4th, 1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The young Louis, despite being raised inharsh economic conditions, took up the cornet and began playing with local bands.

At 22, Armstrong boarded a train for Chicago. The course of American music would forever be changed.

It is hard to overestimate Armstrong’s influence on jazz; some key aspects of the music, like extended improvised solos and scat singing, owe most of their existenceto him.

Armstrong was more than a musician — he is an American icon. His incredible skill and charisma is ondisplay in this 1962 television performance. Watch the Video.

With thanks to: Lester Perkins and Jazz on the Tube

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