Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an “inventive” cornet and trumpet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence on jazz, shifting the music’s focus from collective improvisation to solo performers. With his distinctive gravelly voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes. He was also greatly skilled at scat singing, or vocalizing using syllables instead of actual lyrics.
Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and deep, instantly recognizable voice almost as much as for his trumpet-playing, Armstrong’s influence extends well beyond jazz music, and by the end of his career in the 1960s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general. (Read more : wikipedia | Louis Armstrong house museum)
All music is folk music. I ain’t never heard a horse sing a song.
If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.
Musicians don’t retire; they stop when there’s no more music in them.
The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician.
There is two kinds of music, the good, and the bad. I play the good kind.
We all do ‘do, re, mi,’ but you have got to find the other notes yourself.
What we play is life.
You blows who you is.
My whole life, my whole soul, my whole spirit is to blow that horn…
There is no such thing as ‘on the way out’ as long as you are still doing something interesting and good; you’re in the business because you’re breathing.
If ya ain’t got it in ya, ya can’t blow it out.
Never play a thing the same way twice.
I don’t let my mouth say nothin’ my head can’t stand.
I got a simple rule about everybody. If you don’t treat me right / shame on you!