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Portrait of Louis Armstrong, 1946.
Louis Armstrong and his trumpet; more than anyone else he laid the foundation for modern jazz.

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Jazz Giant Louis Armstrong Was Born
August 4, 1901

Louis Armstrong, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on August 4, 1901 (according to the most recent research), in the poorest section of town. He overcame poverty to become one of the most important people in the history of music.

Louis Armstrong was called "the single most important figure in the history of jazz" by Billboard magazine, a publication that tracks the recording industry. The jazz magazine Down Beat agreed. Why is Armstrong so important in the history of this American musical art form called jazz?

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