The Louis Armstrong story

<b>FLASHBACK: 1952</b>  Louis Armstrong with Tom, Kathleen and Jean Holzfeind at the Blue Note nightclub. Jazz's most influential musician never passed his chops on to children of his own (these kids belonged to Blue Note owner Frank Holzfeind). But Satchmo was nevertheless a dad; once established in Chicago in the 1920s, he sent for his cousin's orphaned son, Clarence, whom he had supported from birth. Though a childhood fall had left Clarence mentally disabled, his guardian was proud of his "Little Louis Armstrong." Through all of Armstrong's marriages and bands and travels, he had two constants: Clarence and music.
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FLASHBACK: 1952 Louis Armstrong with Tom, Kathleen and Jean Holzfeind at the Blue Note nightclub. Jazz's most influential musician never passed his chops on to children of his own (these kids belonged to Blue Note owner Frank Holzfeind). But Satchmo was nevertheless a dad; once established in Chicago in the 1920s, he sent for his cousin's orphaned son, Clarence, whom he had supported from birth. Though a childhood fall had left Clarence mentally disabled, his guardian was proud of his "Little Louis Armstrong." Through all of Armstrong's marriages and bands and travels, he had two constants: Clarence and music.

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