Saturday, August 4, 2012

August 4

August 4 is the birthdate of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, all-time master of the cornet and trumpet and (later) a unique vocalist. He had many hit recordings from the 1920s onward, including "Stardust," "What a Wonderful World," "When the Saints Go Marching In," "Dream a Little Dream of Me," "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Stompin' at the Savoy" and (in 1964) “Hello, Dolly!” He had a unique tone and an unmatched talent for melodic improvisation, and it was largely because of Armstrong that the trumpet emerged as a solo instrument in jazz and is used widely today.

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