Satchmo a.k.a. Louis Armstrong


Who better to bring some summer fun than jazz maestro Louis Armstrong, born 110 years ago in August this year.


Satchmo's inventive trumpet playing, not to mention his unforgettable deep and gravelly voice, saw a shift in the jazz world to a focus on solo performance. Throwing his improvisational skills at the lyrics and melodies of songs in much the same way as he played the trumpet, his performances were expressive, often witty and highly charismatic. Armstrong's talent for scat singing, using sounds and syllables instead of actual lyrics, provides some of the most entertaining jazz music for any listener.


Hit play on this fabulous Louis Armstrong anthology when you're lighting the BBQ or relaxing with a cocktail in the garden.


Learn more about the world of music around Satchmo by reading our History of Black Music, or discover who his contemporaries were in our featurette the American Giants of Jazz.