1. Louis Armstrong - Jazz Walk of Fame

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Welcome to the self-guided walking tour of the Robert E. Nims Jazz Walk of Fame. This tour consists of 17 stops along designated lamp posts on the Jazz Walk of Fame, located in Algiers Point, just a ferry ride across the Mississippi River from downtown New Orleans. The tour was narrated by New Orleans personality "Tex" Stephens and was made possible by the New Orleans Jazz Centennial Celebration, Tulane University's Hogan Jazz Archive and the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.

Louis Armstrong (1901 - 1971)

Cornetist, trumpeter, and vocalist Louis Armstrong was the first superstar of jazz. A creative genius who's Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings in the 1920s took jazz beyond the New Orleans style of ensemble playing to become a soloist art form. Known as Pops to musicians and Satchmo to his fans, Louis Armstrong brought an unequaled joy to his jazz performances, uniting artist and entertainer in a single musical personality that won an international audience for jazz. In 1949, Louis Armstrong was honored as King Zulu during Mardi Gras and was the first jazz musician to appear on the cover of Time Magazine. Louis Armstrong was an American cultural icon, with hit recordings in every decade of his career from "West End Blues" and "Ain't Misbehavin'" in the 1920s to "Hello Dolly" and "What a Wonderful World" in the 1960s.

  • <p>Louis Armstrong plays trumpet while Joey Adams, president of the American Guild of Variety Artists Youth Fund, presents him with an award at Carnegie Hall. 1966. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c18976. New York World-Telegram and the Sun staff photographer: Fernandez, Orlando, photographer. Public Domain.</p>
  • <p>Louis Armstrong, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front, looking at trumpet (F. X. Hüller &amp; Co Neustadt/Aisch) / World Telegram &amp; Sun photo by Herman Hiller. 1953. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection. New York World-Telegram and the Sun staff photographer: Hiller, Herman, photographer. Public domain.</p>
  • <p>Louis Armstrong. 1953. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection. This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cph.3c27236.</p>
  • <p>Time Magazine cover. Still captured from video above.</p>
  • <p>Louis Armstrong seated at piano. Still captured from video above.</p>
  • <p>Louis Armstrong, center front row. Still captured from video above.</p>
  • <p>Louis Armstrong third from right. Still captured from video above.</p>