Louis Armstrong (nickname Satchmo) has long been considered one of the world’s greatest trumpeters of all time, having come into prominence during the 1920s. Satchmo had a profound effect on Jazz music, transforming it from a group endeavor to a soloist’s masterpiece. Not only was he second-to-none when it came to the trumpet, but he also had a distinct deep voice who used his skills as a scat singer (or wordless vocalizing) to move his crowd.
Louis Armstrong was born & raised in the City of New Orleans. His father left both him & his mother when he was roughly five-years-old; & in order to make ends meat, Louis’ mother worked as a domestic, laboring for 12+ hours a day just to keep the family together.
At the young age of 12, Louis was arrested for firing a gun during a New Year’s celebration. He was tried & convicted in court &, as a result, was sent to the Colored Waifs’ Home for Boys. During his time in the home, Louis fell under the tutelage of Peter Davis, who taught Louis to play the cornet & bugle.
In the picture you see the remnants of the Colored Waifs’ Home for Boys which was damaged rather badly during Hurricane Katrina.