Born with the century, in 1900 - while others give the date July 4, 1898 and 1901-, in New Orleans, this great trumpeter grew up in one of the most problematic districts of his city, Storyville, main focus of the birth of Jazz. In his teens, he/she worked delivering coal, while he/she played with local bands, the most famous being that of Kid Ory. In 1919 he/she got his first employment as a full-time musician, playing on the ships that sailed the Mississippi, framed in the Fate Marable s Band. "Satchmo" (a nickname that was known) moved to Chicago in 1922, to form part of the Oliver s Creole Jazz Band, time that date back to the first recordings of Armstrong, including the Chime Blues piece, which recorded its first only.
Artist of success already in 1924, (in the 1990s, would enter lists of success with "What a Wonderful World". A record), in the Oliver s Creole Jazz Band meets the pianist Lil Hardin, who became his second wife in the same year. Few months later he/she moved to New York and joined Fletcher Henderson, with which he/she recorded his first vocal song, Everybody Loves My Baby. Those years were also those of his collaboration with classical voices of the Blues as Bessie Smith, before returning to Chicago at the end of 1925.En forward, Louis Armstrong combined accompaniment in several bands with a popular, being declared the largest music-oriented activity in more solo trumpet player of the world in 1926. His style hot, coupled with a refined technique, led him to get the honorary title. The first recording released for sale under the name of Armstrong sees the light in 1925 and titled My Heart. At this time he/she worked with another great name in Jazz, the pianist Earl Hines, initiating a period of change in the style of his music, finishing in improvisation, fundamental basis of modern Jazz. Ran the 1928.Poco year later, the great depression ends with the nightlife of Chicago, and Armstrong has to move first to the Big Apple, New York, finally settling in California that same year. It will be a temporary residence, as the work takes you across the country. In Los Angeles, is stopped for a few days on charges of possession of marijuana, a circumstance that does not alter seriously its pace of activity, since during that period, he/she recorded a series of ballads, with considerable success, with a band in which he/she was Lionel Hampton, future star of the genre. You're Driving Me Crazy or Sweethearts On Parade are clear examples of your creativity in this period. Since then, and until 1947, Louis Armstrong is leading a series of large formations and, little by little, is no longer only an excellent musician of Jazz to become a great showman. In fact, in their live performances, the vocal style wins ground gradually.
In 1935 tab by Decca, collaborating with colleagues of the same discography, such as Tommy Dorsey and Ella Fitzgerald, which obtained great success. His film career began in 1936 with Pennies From Heaven - a musical in which shared poster with Bing Crosby-, continuing his appearances in film until almost the time of his death (in 1969 starred in Hello Dolly with Barbara Streisand). Finished the second world war, in 1947 case Louis Armstrong All Stars, training for the next fourteen years would report its Jazz all over the world, including an African tour of forty five performances in 1960. Got a couple of numbers one in life, and died at 71 years of age, as a result of serious heart defects dragged since 1959, amen for labial problems that limited him to playing the trumpet. But continued acting frequently until 1970, leaving to history as one of the greatest figures of African-American music: Jazz.