Louis Armstrong aka Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter, singer and influential figure in jazz music. He was a prominent trumpet and cornet player in 1920s and was a foundational influence in jazz. He will eventually focus his music on improvisation to solo performances. He is also an influential singer, improviser, bending the lyrics and melody for expressive purpose. Moreover, he is skilled at scat singing where people-vocalizing using sounds and syllables instead of actual lyrics. Beyond jazz, at the end of his career in 1960s, Armstrong was one of the first truly popular African-American entertainers to "cross over", whose skin color was secondary to his music in an America that was severely racially divided. His artistry and personality allowed him socially acceptable access to the upper echelons of American society that were highly restricted for men of color.
"There is two kinds of music, the good, and the bad. I play the good kind." - Louis Armstrong
"All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song." - Louis Armstrong
"The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician." - Louis Armstrong
"You blows who you is" - Louis Armstrong
"What we play is life" - Louis Armstrong