Louis Armstrong


Steps to Success

Louis Armstrong was born into a very poor African American family with parents who were often not around. He often had to search garbage cans for food. He discovered his musical talent young. He often sang on the streets for money. When Louis was eleven he shot a gun into the air on New Year's Eve. He was arrested and sent to Colored Waif's Home for Boys. At first this seemed really bad, but over time it became his first step to success. There he was taught to play the cornet and he quickly fell in love with playing. He was a hit. He continued to play until he switched to the trumpet, which is an instrument very similar, in 1925.

His Forte

Louis Armstrong went down in history as one of the most successful and talented musicians America's ever seen. During the 1920's he influenced the way Americans thought about jazz with his background, character, and talent. His bold trumpet playing, unique raspy voice, and appealing stage performance Louis Armstrong definitely left a lasting impact.


Louis Armstrong sang lots of songs, composed pieces on the trumpet, and he even did both in the same song! Below are some of his popular hits.

Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis is similar to Louis Armstrong. Wynton is an African American trumpet player. He also won Grammy Awards for jazz and classical recordings. Below is a link to him playing a song on his trumpet.