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Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong


Armstrong, Louis “Satchmo” (1900–71), U.S. jazz musician renowned as a virtuoso trumpeter and singer. A master of improvisation, he was one of the most important figures in the early history of jazz. Satchmo grew up in New Orleans, moved to Chicago in 1922, and by the 1930s was internationally famous. In later life he played at concerts around the world as goodwill ambassador for the U.S. State Department.

See also: Jazz.

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