Louis Armstrong was born on August 4, 1901, in New Orleans, Louisiana. His name will forever be remembered synonymously with the city. His improvisational style and charismatic stage presence is the epitome of his persona. His voice is instantly recognizable, deep and raspy. While he constantly improvised morphing the words and lyrics to form fit to his style, and filling in the voids with scatting that he had mastered. He knew his style and knew what worked for him, which is why he was such an influential artist. Louis’ style helped shift America’s view from a collective jazz band to a solo performers. Louis also shifted America’s views to see the artist’s skin color secondary to their music.
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