Download Louis Armstrong

800px-louis_armstrong2Satchmo or Pops, as he was known, was “one of the first truly popular African-American entertainers whose skin color was secondary to his music in an America that was extremely racially divided.” (wiki) Armstrong entertained, blew his trumpet and sang for five decades, from the 1920s to the 1960s. Born in New Orleans, he became the first great jazz soloist. His gravelly voice was laid back, spontaneous and less formal than his contemporaries. According to much of his music is now public domain and can be downloaded for free here

“If I don’t practice for a day, I know it. If I don’t practice for two days, the critics know it. And if I don’t practice for three days, the public knows it.” Louis Armstrong

BBC radio show with Jazz historian Helen Mayhew on Louis Armstrong’s personal audio tapes and what they reveal about his life (1 hour)

NPR profiles the man and his music in two-hour radio series: part 1 & part 2 . There is also a C-span video lecture and a feature documentary on youtube:

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