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Satchmo The top trumpet virtuoso of the early jazz era was without a doubt Louis Armstrong Armstrong given the name Satchmo for his wide grin and burly voice changed the face of jazz and popular music as we know it today His style and manner of playing is second to none and probably will never be matched by another Louis Daniel Armstrong was born in the Storyville District of New Orleans Louisiana on August 4 1901 he always celebrated his birth as July 4 1900 because that is what he was told and believed His real date of birth was not known until after his death July 6 1971 His father Willie a laborer left the family soon after he was born his mother a domestic servant and part time prostitute called Mayanne left Louis and his sister Beatrice also called Mama Lucy in the care of his grandma much of the time however he always believed the love of his family helped him make it through those rough times On New Years day in 1913 Louis discharged a borrowed pistol into the air and was arrested A very fortunate occurrence for Jazz and probably for him he was admitted to the citys Colored Waifs Home for Boys where he came under the very capable tutorship of Peter Davis the music instructor at the home Louis had some background in harmony singing as a natural ability and the experience of singing on the streets but under Mr Davis he began to study music First vocals then percussion then he became the home bugler and finally cornet The music was very structured mostly marches and other ensemble music Upon being released from the waifs home at age fourteen Louis worked selling papers unloading boats and selling coal from a horse and cart He also listened to bands at clubs like the Come Clean
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