National Jazz Month – Louis Armstrong

Catherine Brennan

Catherine Brennan, Writer

Louis Armstrong was one of the most influential jazz musicians of all time. Born on August 4, 1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana, he was one of 4 kids. At 11 years old, he was sent to Waifs Colored Home for disturbing the peace at a new years eve parade, and it was in the reform school where his passion for music was born. He played the cornet in a band at the school, and eventually in bands Kid Ory in New Orleans, and then Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band in Chicago. He continued to grow in his skill and ended up having a successful solo career. During his career, he developed a style of improvisation and swing, which paired with his unique voice created a distinction from other artists of his time. He also recorded a song that would have an effect on all generations, his single, “What a Wonderful World.” Louis Armstrong’s impact on jazz music has had a lasting effect and has continued  long after his death in 1971.