Louis Armstrong

Full-length portrait of American jazz trumpeter and bandleader <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000226" title="Louis Armstrong" href="/topic/entertainment/music/louis-armstrong-PECLB000226.topic">Louis Armstrong</a> (1901 - 1971) smiling and crossing his arms while holding his trumpet. Armstrong, the grandson of slaves, was a jazz musician from the New Orleans' Back of Town neighborhood. His music had a profound impact on the evolution of jazz and inspired artists such as <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001201" title="Bing Crosby" href="/topic/entertainment/music/bing-crosby-PECLB001201.topic">Bing Crosby</a> and Jimmie Rodgers.

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Full-length portrait of American jazz trumpeter and bandleader Louis Armstrong (1901 - 1971) smiling and crossing his arms while holding his trumpet. Armstrong, the grandson of slaves, was a jazz musician from the New Orleans' Back of Town neighborhood. His music had a profound impact on the evolution of jazz and inspired artists such as Bing Crosby and Jimmie Rodgers.

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