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Louis Armstrong

February 14, 2010 Armstrong's "Rockin' Chair" gets a whole new sound, thanks to some nimble engineering.

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Louis Armstrong

December 2, 2009 Terry Teachout talks about his new biography of the jazz icon, based on hundreds of private tapes.

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August 22, 2007 Louis Armstrong's memorable voice continues to be one of the most recognizeable in the world.

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Louis Armstrong in Paris, June 5, 1965.

August 15, 2007 When Armstrong drew his horn to his lips, he rang out melodies with a joyful, brilliant tone.

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Louis Armstrong entertains a young fan backstage.

August 8, 2007 He had already revolutionized jazz. But after 1935, Louis Armstrong continued to reinvent himself.

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Louis Armstrong, late 1920s.

August 1, 2007 It is hard to overstate the importance of Louis Armstrong. Simply put, he taught the world to swing.

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November 22, 2006 A new retrospective box set shows Louis Armstrong was not just a giant of jazz music.

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September 9, 2005 Folklorist Nick Spitzer celebrates New Orleans music on the air, despite having evacuated.

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Louis Armstrong during a concert in Paris, June 1965.

August 6, 2000 Louis Armstrong's version of Joe "King" Oliver's tune "West End Blues" was a hit in the late '20s.

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Bessie Smith

January 16, 2000 Margaret Howze reports on the song's background and its definitive 1925 recording by Bessie Smith.

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Discover Songs

The cover of The Complete Hot Five & Hot Seven Recordings

August 1, 2001 Armstrong exuded joy and exuberance as a trumpet player and singer as he rose to worldwide fame.

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The cover of The Best of the Decca Years, Vol. 1

August 1, 2001 The Best of the Decca Years includes one of the best scat solos of all time in "Up a Lazy River."

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Reviews

In January 1971, in one of his final performances, Louis Armstrong used "Hello Dolly" to convey the joy of being alive.

May 15, 2012 In one of his final performances, Armstrong used "Hello Dolly" to convey the joy of being alive.

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Don Byron released Love, Peace, and Soul with his New Gospel Quintet on Feb. 21.

March 12, 2012 Two recent albums offer contrasting perspectives on the intersection of two American music styles.

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September 10, 2009 Kevin Whitehead reviews a new seven-disc set that chronicles the trumpeter's big band performances.

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The cover of The Complete Hot Five & Hot Seven Recordings

August 1, 2001 Armstrong exuded joy and exuberance as a trumpet player and singer as he rose to worldwide fame.

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The cover of The Best of the Decca Years, Vol. 1

August 1, 2001 The Best of the Decca Years includes one of the best scat solos of all time in "Up a Lazy River."

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More Stories

Mary Lou Williams performs at the Cafe Society in New York in 1947.

March 29, 2013 Jazz musicians like Lil Armstrong, Carla Bley and Mary Lou Williams drove their own ensembles.

A real skeletal jazz band.

October 27, 2011 Dig the grave, gone sounds of some wickedly good music, including a brass-filled "Thriller."

In 1926, everyone did the Charleston on ice.

September 27, 2011 The banning of alcohol and the subsequent rise of speakeasies played a role in jazz's evolution.

Louis Armstrong tucks into a plate of spaghetti in Rome with his wife Lucille in 1949.

August 4, 2011 He was arguably the greatest artist of the 20th century. He was also one of its greatest eaters.

28th May 1974:  Teenage fans at a David Cassidy concert at White City, London.  (Photo by Tim Graham/Evening Standard/Getty Images)

July 19, 2011 The All Songs gang and listeners spill on the tunes that bring them to tears.

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Got your burger ready?

June 30, 2011 As America's birthday approaches, here are five tasty offerings for your Fourth of July celebration.

Ella Fitzgerald: Putting all her Easter eggs in one basket.

April 21, 2011 Grab some chocolate bunnies and hear five jazz songs to help you hop into the Easter spirit.

Birdsong

April 5, 2010 Get an ornithology lesson featuring jazz songbirds Brad Mehldau, Louis Armstrong and more.

Jazz

November 17, 2009 Giddins picks five songs from his list of 101 jazz recordings for new and aspiring fans.

Cows.

June 1, 2009 Celebrate obscure June days dedicated to pudding, fishing and smiles with Louis Armstrong and more.

Album cover of Putumayo's New Orleans Christmas.

December 10, 2008 Hear five Cajun carols prime for Papa Noel's pirogue pulled by alligators.

Horace Silver on the cover of his record Song for My Father.

June 12, 2008 Just in time for the holiday, hear five classic jazz songs that help keep Dad in mind.

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November 19, 2007 Enjoy a cornucopia of jazz that celebrates family, friends and food, featuring Louis Armstrong.

Autumn in Central Park.

November 8, 2007 If you're daydreaming about New York while the leaves change, here's a soundtrack, courtesy of WDUQ.

Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong, the great jazz trumpeter and vocalist playing at the Savoy Hotel, London.

July 30, 2000 When Louis Armstrong recorded Hello, Dolly in 1963, he gave it his unique vocal treatment.

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  • Artist: Louis Armstrong/Tyree Glenn/Tommy Gwaltney
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  • Released: 2012
 

Come Sunday

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Love, Peace and Soul

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Preservation: An Album To Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outre

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New Orleans Christmas

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  • Released: 1997
 

Stomp!

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  • Released: 2000
 

Original Guitar Hero

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Satch Plays Fats: The Music of Fats Waller [Bonus Tracks]

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  • Album: Satch Plays Fats: The Music of Fats Waller [Bonus Tracks]
  • Artist: Louis Armstrong
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  • Released: 1955
 

Studio Jazz Party

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  • Released: 1960
 

Roots

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Ella and Louis Again

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  • Artist: Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
  • Label: Verve
  • Released: 1957
 

Last Giant: Anthology

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  • Album: Last Giant: Anthology
  • Artist: John Coltrane
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  • Released: 1946
 

Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings 1963-1964

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  • Album: Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings 1963-1964
  • Artist: Miles Davis
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In My Time

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Jazz Memories

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Louis In New York, Volume 5,

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Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy

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The Hot Fives & Sevens (Box Set)

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Satchmo: A Musical Autobiography

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Satchmo The Great

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The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings

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The Best of the Decca Years

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The Ultimate Collection

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The Fabulous Louis Armstrong

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Ambassador Satch

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