Louis Armstrong
Louis as a teenager with his mother and his sister, Beatrice.
Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans on August 4, 1901.
The arrow at the top of this photo points to Louis Armstrong at the age of 11, a member of
the "Colored Waifs Home" band.  It was here that he learned to play the bugle and cornet,
after being sent to the home for firing a pistol in the street at a New Year's celebration.
Chicago - Louis Armstrong at the piano with his band, Johnny St. Cyr,
Johnny Dodds, Kid Ory and Louis' wife, Lil Harden.
Louis Armstrong and his band on a 1931 visit to the Municipal Boys Home
in New Orleans (formerly the Colored Waifs Home); shown with, among
others, Peter Davis and the boys home band.
Louis Armstrong died of a heart attack on July 6, 1971, in Queens, New York,
where he'd lived for many years.  He was buried in Flushing Cemetery, NY.  
Above:  a memorial service held for Louis Armstrong in his hometown of New
Orleans.  He said of the city, "Every time I close my eyes blowing that
trumpet of mine, I look right into the heart of good old New Orleans.  It has
given me something to live for."
U.S. postage stamp honoring Louis Armstrong.
Back to   New Orleans & the Birth of Jazz

Back to   Old New Orleans Index

Whispers - Home
Louis Armstrong's influence extended beyond jazz, he was widely regarded as a profound
influence on popular music in general.  Critic Steve Leggett described Armstrong as "perhaps
the most important American musician of the 20th century."
Helen Arlt and local television personality, Mel Leavitt,
welcome Louis Armstrong home to New Orleans on a visit in 1965.